By Coro della RAI di Milano, Francesco Molinari Pradelli, Giulio Bertola, Graziella Sciutti, Heinz Borst, Leyla Gencer, Luigi Alva, Mario Petri, Orchestra della RAI di Milano, Renato Cesari, Sesto Bruscantini, and Teresa Stich Randall. By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Classical. CD. Naxos #DAT12321. Published by Naxos (NX.DAT12321).
This brilliant recording of Mozart's Don Giovanni was taken live in the Auditorium del Conservatorio G. Verdi di Milano in April of 1960. Sure to become a reference recording, this release features Leyla Gencer in the role of Donn'Elvra, Sesto Bruscantini in the role of Leporello, and Mario Petri in the role of Don Giovanni. The star of the show, Mario Petri was an Italian operatic bass who was widely known for his Mozart and Rossini roles. He sang his first Don Giovanni in 1950 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He quickly became associated with this role across Italy. This reputation led to invitation to appear at the festivals of Glyndebourne, Salzburg, and Edinburgh.