Puccini: Manon Lescaut

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Puccini: Manon Lescaut



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Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Recorded 18th-20th, 22nd and 24th-27th July, 1957, in the Teatro della Scala, Milan

Appendix: Giuseppe di Stefano sings Puccini arias

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Transferred by the award-winning Mark Obert-Thorn, this 1957 recording of Manon Lescaut with Callas singing the title rôle and Di Stefano as des Grieux, was one of Callas’s last complete recordings at La Scala, Milan.

Although the strain of her recent recording of Turandot (Naxos 8111334-35) sometimes takes its toll, her command of Manon is complete.

Those pages that are rarely sung accurately by other lyric sopranos, for example ‘L’ora, o Tirsi’ from Act II, Callas sings with polish and precision, executing the triplets with perfect rhythmic command.

Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Act I: Ave, sera gentile (Edmondo, Students, Girls, Des Grieux)

Act I: Tra voi, belle (Des Grieux, Edmondo, Students)

Act I: Ma bravo! (All)

Act I: Descendono, vediam! (Students, Girls, Edmondo, Lescaut, Innkeeper, Des Grieux, Geronte)

Act I: Cortese damigella (Des Grieux, Manon)

Act I: Donna non vidi mai (Des Grieux)

Act I: La tua ventura, ci rassicura (Edmondo, Students, Girls, Geronte, Lescaut)

Act I: Un asso! Un fante (Townspeople, Students, Lescaut, Geronte, Innkeeper, Edmondo)

Act I: La tua Proserpina di resisterti (Edmondo, Des Grieux)

Act I: Vedete? Io son fedele alla parola mia (Manon, Des Grieux)

Act I: Non c'e piu vino? (Lescaut, Des Grieux, Manon, Edmondo)

Act I: Di sedur la sorellina e il momento! (Geronte, Innkeeper, Edmondo, Lescaut, Students)

Act II: Dispettosetto questo riccio! (Manon, Lescaut)

Act II: Sei splendida e lucente! (Lescaut, Manon)

Act II: In quelle trine morbide (Manon)

Act II: Poiche tu voi saper … (Lescaut, Manon)

Act II: Che ceffi son costor? (Lescaut, Manon, Madrigal Singer, Singers)

Act II: Vi prego, signorina (Dancing Master, Geronte, Manon, Gentleman, Abbes)

Act II: L'ora, o Tirsi (Manon, Gentleman, Abbes, Geronte)

Act II: Oh, saro la piu bella! (Manon, Des Grieux)

Act II: Ah! … Affe, madamigella (Manon, Geronte, Des Grieux)

Act II: Ah, Manon, mi tradisce (Des Grieux, Manon)

Act II: Lescaut! Tu qui? (Des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut, Sergeant, Geronte)

Act II: Intermezzo

Act III: Ansia eternal, crudel! (Des Grieux, Lescaut)

Act III: Manon! Des Grieux! (Des Grieux, Manon, Lescaut)

Act III: E Kate rispose al Re (Lamplighter, Des Grieux, Manon)

Act III: All'armi! (Voices, Lescaut, Des Grieux, Manon, Townspeople, Sergeant, Captain)

Act III: Rosetta! (Sergeant, Townspeople, Lescaut, Manon, Des Grieux)

Act III: Presto! In fila! Marciate! … No! Pazzo son! Guardate! (Sergeant, Des Grieux, Townspeople, Captain)

Act IV: Tutta su me ti posa (Des Grieux, Manon)

Act IV: Vedi, son io che piango (Des Grieux, Manon)

Act IV: E nulla! Nulla! (Des Grieux, Manon)

Act IV: Sola, perduta, abbandonata (Manon)

Act IV: Fra le tue braccia, amore (Manon, Des Grieux)

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca

Tosca, Act I: Recondita armonia

Giacomo Puccini: La Fanciulla del west

La Fanciulla del West, Act III: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano

Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi

Gianni Schicchi: Avete torto … Firenze e come un albero fiorito

Giacomo Puccini: Turandot

Act I: Non piangere, Liu!

Act III: Nessun dorma!

Gramophone Magazine

July 2010

“Callas thinks herself well into what becomes, to begin with, a more serious, calculating Manon - and a very accurate Manon, too. Then, dying in the wilderness in Act 4, she produces a performance so harrowing that it should surely claim a prime spot on any fantasy best-of-Callas single disc.”

Penguin Guide

2010 edition


“It is typical of Callas that she turns the final scene into the most compelling part of the opera. Serafin, who could be a lethargic recording conductor, is here electrifying, and Di Stefano too is inspired to one of his finest complete opera recordings.”

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