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Callas portrays Verdi Heroines - Vinyl Edition

Callas portrays Verdi Heroines - Vinyl Edition

Verdi 1, Studio Recital


Verdi:

Nel dì della vittoria … Ambizioso spirto … Vieni t'affretta! … Or tutti sorgete (from Macbeth)

La luce langue (from Macbeth)

Una macchia è qui tutt'ora (from Macbeth)

Ben io t'invenni … Anch'io dischiuso … Salgo già (from Nabucco)

Surta è la notte...Ernani! Ernani, involami (from Ernani)

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)


Coinciding with the new Callas Live Remastered Edition, the catalogue’s 2017 priority, Warner Classics re-releases two of Maria Callas’ legendary studio recitals on vinyl, using the state of the art remastering done in 2014.

This recital brings together three operas from the earlier years of Verdi’s career (Nabucco, Ernani and Macbeth) and one of his greatest mature masterpieces (Don Carlo). Callas sang all of them on stage apart from Ernani, and Lady Macbeth proved a triumph for her when she opened La Scala’s season in December 1952.

Gramophone greeted this recital by saying: 'Mme Callas has seldom had such a field day and her dramatic instinct is well-nigh perfect in interpreting these wonderful pages, each characterised convincingly – and differently.'

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Warner Classics - 9029584443

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Callas at La Scala - Vinyl Edition

Callas at La Scala - Vinyl Edition

Studio Recital


Bellini:

Care compagne, et voi, teneri amici ... Come per me sereno (from La Sonnambula)

Ah! Se una volta sola...Ah, non credea mirarti...Ah! non giunge uman pensiero...(from La Sonnambula)

Cherubini:

Dei tuoi figli la madre tu vedi (from Medee)

Spontini:

Tu che invoco (from La vestale)

O nume tutelar (from La Vestale)

Caro oggetto (from La Vestale)


Coinciding with the new Callas Live Remastered Edition, the catalogue’s 2017 priority, Warner Classics re-releases two of Maria Callas’ legendary studio recitals on vinyl, using the state of the art remastering done in 2014.

Callas first sang at Milan’s legendary La Scala for the opening of the 1951-52 season (in Verdi’s I vespri siciliani) and she became closely identified with the theatre, notably in productions directed by Luchino Visconti and his protégé Franco Zeffirelli. Spontini’s La vestale was staged for her there in 1954, Bellini’s La sonnambula in 1955, and her final La Scala performances came in 1962 with Cherubini’s Medea.

'Callas at her most spell-binding and enthralling,' wrote Gramophone, 'Callas at La Scala (…) shows the diva at her most exciting and most beautiful.'

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Warner Classics - 9029584444

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal

20-21 November 1950 · Rome, Auditorium della Rai


Rolando Panerai (Amfortas), Africo Baldelli (Parsifal), Maria Callas (Kundry), Boris Christoff (Gurnemanz), Giuseppe Modesti (Klingsor), Dmitri Lopatto (Titurel)

RAI Roma, Vittorio Gui

Sung in Italian

In her early years as a dramatic soprano, Callas sang three Wagner roles: Isolde, Brünnhilde (Die Walküre) and Kundry in Parsifal. This performance of Wagner’s final opera, recorded for Italian state radio late in 1950, became her farewell to the composer. Although only 26 at the time, she showed a deep understanding of the complex and tortured character of Kundry, a mythical woman who is hundreds of years old. The previous year, while singing Isolde in Venice, Callas had been encouraged by the conductor Tullio Serafin to take on the coloratura role of Elvira in I puritani at very short notice; it set a new and decisive direction for her career.

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Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered - 9029584445

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth

7 December 1952 Milano, Teatro alla Scala


Enzo Mascherini (Macbeth), Maria Callas (Lady Macbeth), Italo Tajo (Banco), Gino Penno (Macduff), Luciano della Pergola (Malcolm), Angela Vercelli (Dama), Dario Caselli (Medico), Attilio Barbesi (Domestico), Mario Tommasini (Sicaro)

Teatro alla Scala, Victor de Sabata

This live recording of Macbeth perpetuates Callas’ interpretation of a role that she only sang in one run of performances, at La Scala in 1952. There were plans for her to repeat it at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1959, but they failed to come to fruition. Her dark, but flexible tone, her on-stage magnetism and her command of dramatic nuance made her unforgettable as Shakespeare’s fatally ambitious Scottish noblewoman. The following year, Callas was to collaborate again with the great conductor Victor de Sabata, when she made her first recording of Tosca, a landmark in the Warner Classics catalogue.

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Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered - 9029584447

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Verdi: La Traviata

Verdi: La Traviata

27 March 1958 · Lisboa, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos


Maria Callas (Violetta), Alfredo Kraus (Alfredo), Mario Sereni (Germont), Laura Zannini (Flora), Maria Cristina de Castro (Annina), Piero De Palma (Gastone), Alessandro Maddalena (Dottore Grenvil), Álvaro Malta (Barone Douphol), Vito Susca (Marchese d'Obigny)

Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, Franco Ghione

Callas sang La traviata more frequently than any other opera, apart from Norma. She performed it over 60 times between 1951 and 1958, most famously in Luchino Visconti’s production at La Scala in 1955/56. Her only studio recording of the role was made in 1953, but by the time she performed it in Lisbon in 1958, she had become still closer to the character; the critic John Steane wrote that the final act of her interpretation at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos is “the culmination of the great singing actress’s art”. Callas’s Alfredo is a tenor renowned for his elegance and sensitivity, Alfredo Kraus and his father is sung by the Italian baritone Mario Sereni, long a mainstay of the Metropolitan Opera. Later in 1958, in Dallas, Callas gave her last-ever performance of Violetta.

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Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered - 9029584448

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Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca

Covent Garden, 24/01/1964


Maria Callas (Tosca), Renato Cioni (Cavaradossi), Tito Gobbi (Scarpia), Victor Godfrey (Angelotti), Robert Bowman (Spoletta), Eric Garrett (Sagristano), Dennis Wicks (Sciarrone), Edgar Boniface (Un carceriere), David Sellar (Un pastore)

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Carlo Felice Cillario

There are obvious parallels between Tosca – the passionate, but vulnerable Roman diva – and Maria Callas. ‘Vissi d’arte’ (I lived for art), the character’s moving Act II aria, has acquired a particular symbolism since the soprano’s death in 1977. Tosca was the last opera that Callas performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It afforded her a triumphant return to the opera stage after an absence of nearly 18 months. Scarpia was sung by her beloved colleague Tito Gobbi, another natural stage animal, and the sumptuous production was by Franco Zeffirelli. As the critic John Warrack wrote: “In sum, this was one of those precious occasions when the disparate parts of opera mysteriously fuse into the total experience we always await.”

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Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered - 9029584449

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Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida

3 July 1951 Mexico, Palacio de Bellas Artes


Maria Callas (Aida), Mario del Monaco (Radamès), Oralia Domínguez (Amneris), Giuseppe Taddei (Amonasro), Roberto Silva (Ramphis), Ignacio Ruffino (Il Re di Egitto), Rosa Rodríguez (Una Sacerdotessa), Carlos Sagarminaga (Un Messaggero)

Palacio de las Bellas Artes, Oliviero de Fabritiis

Aida held an important place in the earlier years of Callas’s career, and in 1950 it brought her debut at La Scala, Milan, the theatre where she soon became reigning diva. That same year, she sang the role of the Ethiopian princess in Mexico City, arousing near-hysteria among the audience (and anger in the competitive tenor singing Radamès) by interpolating a stupendous top E flat at the end of the Triumphal Scene, which closes Act II of the opera. She repeated the feat on her return to Mexico the following year, when this live recording was made. This time, the Radamès was the celebrated, heroic-voiced Italian, Mario del Monaco, while the Mexican mezzo-soprano Oralia Domínguez made an opulent Amneris and Giuseppe Taddei, one of the leading Italian baritones of his time, sang a powerful Amonasro.

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Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered - 9029584450

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Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride

Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride

1 June 1957 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala


Maria Callas (Iphigénie), Francesco Albanese (Pylade), Anselmo Colzani (Thoas), Fiorenza Cossotto (Diane)

Teatro alla Scala, Nino Sanzogno

Sung in Italian

The music of the 18th century did not figure strongly in Callas’s repertoire. The only Mozart role she sang was Konstanze, in an Italian version of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, an opera that contrasts strongly with the roughly contemporary Iphigénie en Tauride (here, at La Scala in 1957, Ifigenia in Tauride). In this taut drama of a priestess called upon to sacrifice her own brother, Gluck favours unadorned vocal lines and discreet intensity of expression. As ever, Callas judges the style with apparently instinctive precision, interpreting with the utmost eloquence. At the last minute, the happy outcome of the opera is determined by Diana, the dea ex machina, sung here by a young mezzo-soprano on her way to a major career, Fiorenza Cossotto.

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Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered - 9029584454

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Gluck: Alceste

Gluck: Alceste

4 April 1954 Milano, Teatro alla Scala


Maria Callas (Alceste), Renato Gavarini (Admète), Paolo Silveri (Grand Prêtre d'Apollon), Rolando Panerai (Apollon), Giuseppe Zampieri (Evandre), Nicola Zaccaria (La voix de l'Oracle), Silvio Maionica (Dieu infernal), Enrico Campi (Un Héraut)

Teatro alla Scala, Carlo Maria Giulini

Alceste, in 1954, was the first of two Gluck operas that Callas sang at La Scala, followed three years later by an Italian version of Iphigénie en Tauride. It was in the 1953-54 season that she rose to become ‘Queen of La Scala’, also singing Medea. Elisabetta (Don Carlo) and Giulia (La Vestale) at the Milanese theatre. Her conductor for Alceste was Carlo Maria Giulini. Describing Callas in the role of the Ancient Greek queen who is prepared to sacrifice herself so that her husband may live, he said: “[She] was opera incarnate – absolute harmony between word, music and action … In all my years in the opera house I have never known an artist like Callas. Hers is no fabricated legend: she truly did have something different.”

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Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered - 9029584455

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

29 September 1955 · Berlin, Städtische Oper


Lucia di Lammermoor – like La sonnambula – had become associated with light-voiced sopranos, so when Callas took on the title role in the early 1950s she proved revelatory with her combination of visceral power, technical refinement and interpretative insight. In 1955, she and the La Scala company visited Berlin to perform Lucia and the result was what the Germans call a ‘Sternstunde’ – a shining hour. It brought her together with another musical titan, Herbert von Karajan, and the results were phenomenal, the more so for a cast that also included the tenor Giuseppe di Stefano, the baritone Rolando Panerai and the bass Nicola Zaccaria.

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Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered - 9029584458

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