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Cetra Records was an Italian company which produced opera recordings from the 1930s onwards. Its roster of artists included Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Lina Pagliughi, Ebe Stignani, Carlo Bergonzi, Galliano Masini, Giovanni Malipiero, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Carlo Tagliabue, Rolando Panerai, Giuseppe Taddei, Tancredi Pasero and Cesare Siepi, among other leading sopranos, tenors, mezzo-sopranos, baritones and basses.
The company achieved something of a triumph in the early 1950s when it produced many recordings of rare or under-rated Verdi operas to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the composer's death in 1901. Cetra recordings are often now reissued by the company Warner Fonit Cetra. Cetra opera albums were distributed in the United States on the Cetra-Soria label (founded by Dario Soria and Dorle Soria, who later founded Angel Records).
Cetra Records also produced popular music recordings from at least the World War II years through the 1960s. One of their instrumental artists is accordionist Michele Corino, a soloist with Italy's prominent "Orchestra Angelini" until he moved to San Francisco, California, in 1948. "Mike" ran a prominent accordion studio in "North Beach Music" (a.k.a. Corino Music) and taught, worked and recorded with brothers Fabio and Gianfranco Giotta, part of the San Francisco based Caffe Trieste (see also "Cavalier Records", "Caffe Trieste" and "Trieste Records"). Gianfranco shared the studio with Mike on the 1963 Cetra album titled "Rome to Paris".
- Cetra-Soria collection, 1946-1954 Music Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
- Creativity and Innovation in the Music Industry - Page 111 Peter Tschmuck - 2006 "In turn, he founded Cetra-Soria, which released Italian recordings in the U.S. that were pressed at record plants specifically"
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