JULES MASSENET (1842-1912): La Navarraise.
Catalogue Number: 04T034
Label: Sony Classical
Format: CD reissue
Description: The first complete recording of what has been described as a cross between Carmen and Cavalleria Rusticana. Written as a response to the success of Mascagni’s opera, it offers its soprano a descent-into-madness that ranks with the best and Popp gives “a remarkable performance … urgent and intense” (Gramophone). 2 CDs. No libretto. Lucia Popp (soprano), Alain Vanzo (tenor), Gérard Souzay (baritone), Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra; Antonio de Almeida. Original 1975 CBS release.