The record collection contains some 3,300
recordings of Verdi’s
music on 78, 45 and 33 rpm, beginning with exemplars from the early
19 th century. The core of the collection (about 3,000 records)
comes from the great Swedish collector Carl L. Bruun, who donated
it to the Istituto in 1984.
The collection includes recordings
of complete operas, vocal recitals and
opera extracts. After the Discoteca di Stato in Rome and alongside
the Arrigo ed Egle Agosti collection of the Municipal “Romolo
Valli” Theater of Reggio Emilia, it is the largest public
collection of phonograph records in Italy.
The entire collection
has been digitally transferred and can be consulted at the Istituto,
along with the electronic catalogue of the complete collection;
the first volume of the catalogue,
listing complete operas and opera extracts, has been published. On-line consultation
is in the planning stages.