In 1965, Renata Tebaldi made her sole appearance on Canadian Television in an evening of music by Puccini and Rossini. This telecast is highlighted by by the Act II finale of Tosca. Tebaldi, at her vocal and dramatic peak, gives a searing account of the title role, tearing into the drama with an intensity exceeding many of her stage performances. Quilico, in resplendent vocal form, is every bit her match. The scene is typical of the CBC's production values of the period, with superb sets, atmospheric lighting, and keen direction. A novelty is Rossini's song cycle La Regata Veneziana sung by Miss Tebaldi. The work has always been a favorite of the soprano and has been recorded by her with piano accompaniment. This is the first time that the cycle will be available by Tebaldi with orchestral accompaniment. Tebaldi also sings "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's Gianni Schicci. Quilico is heard in the chilling finale of Puccini's Il Tabarro, and Tosti's perennial "L'ultima canzone". The CBC orchestra is conducted by Ernesto Barbini.
Optional English subtitles; B&W, 53 minutes, 4:3, All regions