This title is currently unavailable.
Works on This Recording
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Maria Callas (Soprano),
Ferruccio Tagliavini (Tenor),
Margreta Elkins (Mezzo Soprano),
Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone),
Bernard Ladysz (Bass),
Leonardo del Ferro (Tenor),
Renzo Casellato (Tenor)
Written: 1835; Italy
Date of Recording: 03/1959
Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Length: 105 Minutes 56 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
The best Lucia? June 8, 2013
By K. BAKER (HEBER CITY, UT) See All My Reviews
"The critics say that Callas' earlier mono recording is even better because in this stereo recording, Callas voice was showing signs of deterioration, kindly put as shrill high notes, and indeed they are. I can't say, but among stereo versions, this is hard to beat. The only rival is Southerland's first Decca recording (with John Pritchard conducting). Sound is somewhat dated on both these early stereo recordings, but the quality of the singing is out of sight. Callas does things with the human voice that are impossible. Southerland lacks Callas' emotive shadings, but her fresh, pure tone is unmatched. Get both. You won't be sorry. The Elixir of Love and The Daughter of the Regiment made Donizetti my favorite opera composer. I now how some 40 recording of different Donizetti operas, and was never much impressed with Lucia until I heard the first Southerland and second Callas recordings. These are both something special. As usual, conductor Tulio Serafin, the Toscannini of opera, is prefect."