Ferruccio Tagliavini (1913-1995) certainly must be ranked among the very greatest of the tenori di grazia His voice, especially in his youth, was incredibly beautiful. He could enrapture audiences with his gentle singing. He was at his best in works like this, or the classics of the bel canto repertoire. In later life, he tried to sing bigger roles, for reasons known only to himself, and unfortunately thickened his voice in the process. But in his earlier years, he was extraordinaryl in the lighter repertoire.