Posted by fildivoce on February 13, 2016, 10:55 pm
Edited by board administrator February 14, 2016, 11:12 am
In his review of a 1974 Italian radio recording of Verdi's LUISA MILLER (http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2008/Jan08/Verdi_luisa_430882.htm), Mr. Forsling states his admiration for the performance of the opera's leading lady, Mexican soprano Gilda Cruz-Romo. However, it's disappointing that his praise of her is qualified by assumptions about her career success (or lack thereof): |
"…the Mexican soprano Gilda Cruz Romo is probably unknown to a majority of readers. I can’t recall seeing her name in connection with any commercial recordings. On this evidence her neglect seems a mystery but obviously she wasn’t very successful after this first appearance in Italy… A pity that she couldn’t fulfill the promises."
Perhaps he should do more research on those singers of that period who did not have major recording contracts: there were some busy, excellent artists among them – sometimes so busy with live engagements that they couldn't take the time to record! Miss Cruz-Romo was long associated with New York's Metropolitan Opera, and appeared on several of their broadcasts, quite a few of which survive on recording. She appeared as Desdemona opposite Jon Vickers in a televised Met OTELLO from the late '70s. She was also busy internationally: Wiener Staatsoper, Paris (Garnier), Covent Garden, Sao Carlos Lisbon, Liceu Barcelona, Bolshoi. As for Italy, she made her Scala debut as Aïda the year prior to this RAI broadcast, also appearing at the Rome Opera, La Fenice, Maggio Musicale, and Arena di Verona.