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Maria Callas - The Live Recitals


Release Date: 11/21/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 68022   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGaetano DonizettiLéo DelibesWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Maria CallasNicola RescignoSir Malcolm SargentJeffrey Tate
Conductor:  Oliviero de FabritiisGeorges PrêtreNicola RescignoAlfredo Simonetto,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra RomeORTF National OrchestraDallas Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 9 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set includes 9 CDs of material from live concerts that formed an integral part of Callas’s public career alongside her stage performances. In them she sang not only scenes and arias from her stage repertoire, but other pieces as well, including items by French composers such as Delibes, Charpentier and Massenet, that she never sang on stage. These recital performances are an invaluable addition to Callas’s recorded legacy and provide a unique insight into this great artist in the concert hall performing in front of an audience. The programme begins with extracts from concerts given in Rome in 1952 and San Remo in 1954 and broadcast by RAI in their famous and long-established Grandi Concerti Martini e Rossi series, and continues up to a Read more triumphant concert given in Paris in 1963. It concludes with an extract from a private rehearsal in 1976 when Callas was preparing to make a comeback that never eventuated. As a bonus, there is an extra CD containing an interview in English that Callas gave with the American commentator Edward Downes in December 1967 and January 1968 in New York.

R E V I E W S:

Live in Hamburg, 1959:
"Maria Callas' Hamburg recital of May 15, 1959, is already well known as one of her few filmed performances, having been telecast on German television and recorded on a kinescope. This has been released several times legitimately (or not) on video, and the audio portion of the telecast has been pulled off onto a number of bootleg discs. Maria Callas: Live in Hamburg 1959 is EMI's attempt to bring listeners a compact disc of this concert under a legitimate license, with hopefully the best sound possible from the best-known sources. Speaking of sources, the deluxe booklet for this disc, running to 32 pages, is surprisingly mum about where the audio comes from. This is probably because the recording is likely taken from the kinescope itself -- apparently no separate audio to tape was made at the Hamburg concert. It frankly doesn't sound that bad for TV audio, although at times one occasionally can hear artifacts from aggressive processing of the original and the audience applause is rather brittle sounding. The 1959 Hamburg concert is one of the best visual documents of Callas in performance, and to fully experience it you need the video. But if you know the video well, and like Callas' performance well enough to desire it on a compact disc recording, then this is by far the best option." -- Uncle Dave Lewis, AllMusic.com

Live in Paris, 1963 and 1976:
"Maria Callas: Live in Paris 1963 & 1976 combines one rather late Callas recital with a fragment of a very late one. Both were recorded in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the city where Callas spent her last years, but not one in which the singer appeared very frequently in concert. The recital of June 5, 1963, does not show Callas to her best advantage. There are moments where her extraordinary talent shines through, particularly in the two Massenet pieces on the program. But when she's off -- watch out. The Rossini aria from Semiramide that opens the show is particularly rough business, with Callas reaching for notes and not hitting them, swallowing lyrics, and rushing through difficult passagework. It's not pretty. The second Paris appearance is taken from a poor-quality cassette tape recorded March 3, 1976. It is of Beethoven's Ah! Perfido, but consists only of two-thirds of the song. It is an oddly poignant postscript to a once-brilliant but now shattered career. At one point, Callas stops and speaks a few words, presumably to accompanist Jeffrey Tate, in the middle of the song; at other times, she simply overtakes the note and goes flat. These are not recordings that do a great deal of justice to the singer, but to those who are interested in the historical progress of Callas' career (or are just obsessed with her in general) this disc will prove a highly interesting and revelatory experience." -- Uncle Dave Lewis, AllMusic.com

Rehearsal in Dallas, 1957:
"Most special of all in this series is the Dallas rehearsal disc. Time lost for the listener (who cannot hear the muttered conversations between soloist and conductor) is doubtless gain for the audience: this is a down-to-work session, and, for her part, Callas gives all attention to the job in hand. It’s hard to say for sure, but my feeling is that we get from her here something extra. Work was what she liked, and here she is freed from the nagging consciousness of reputation and judgemental ears. I’ve not made the comparisons, but was strongly persuaded that I’d never heard her sing ‘Ah! Fors’è lui’ so well. Then they work at Anna Bolena and Lady Macbeth, ending with, in Italian, ‘Martern aller Arten’. There are fascinating perspectives of sound, and from time to time some really glorious singing. The Entführung aria also features in the San Remo concert, which Callas shared with Gigli (no duets, alas). Here, she is in fuller, fresher voice, a voice which she displays to amazing effect in florid arias from Dinorah and Armida. This is perhaps doubly astonishing as we have just heard how she was singing two years earlier in Rome: the Macbeth and Nabucco arias are magnificent indeed, but the cost of such singing must surely have been equally prodigious." -- John Steane, Gramophone [12/2002]

Live in Amsterdam, 1959:
"Maria Callas: Live in Amsterdam 1959 is the first EMI packaging of a concert that has been available in many other forms, including a semi-legit release on the Italian label Verona. Callas is in particularly fine form here, singing at the 1959 Holland Festival with the help of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam under Nicola Rescigno. The recording, made by Radio Nederland, is not "hi-fi" and a little gritty, but it isn't bad; you get used to it and it is far better than average for live concerts of Callas. This is part of the recent series of Callas re-issues where EMI Classics is attempting to "beat the boots" through releasing its own high quality versions of live Maria Callas material. Maria Callas: Live in Amsterdam 1959 is one of the better concerts to be found among such recordings and should prove satisfying to most anyone who would care to seek it out -- the booklet contains some marvelous photographs of Callas taken during her time in Amsterdam. Bon appetit!" -- Uncle Dave Lewis, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Macbeth: Vieni, t'affretta...Or tutti sorgete by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/18/1952 
Venue:  Live  RAI Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Nabucco: Ben io t'invenni...Anch' io dischiuso un giorno by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Lucia di Lammermoor: Ardon gl'incensi "Mad Scene" by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/18/1952 
Venue:  Live  RAI Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Il dolce suono..." 
4. Lakmé: Où va la jeune indoue? "Bell Song" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Date of Recording: 02/18/1952 
Venue:  Live  RAI Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Martern aller Arten by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Nicola Rescigno (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1957 
Venue:  State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, Texas 
Length: 13 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: This is a rehearsal, so the performance is occasionally interrupted by spoken comments by conductor Nicola Rescigno followed by a repeated passage. The sound quality is substandard, but this performance is considered to be an important document of Maria Callas' career.
This selection is sung in English and Italian. 
6. Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah": Ombre legère by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1954 
Venue:  Live  Teatro dell'Opera, San Remo, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Hélas! Quelle sombre nuit!". 
7. Louise: Depuis le jour by Gustave Charpentier
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; France 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1954 
Venue:  Live  Teatro dell'Opera, San Remo, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
8. La Vestale: Tu che invoco con orrore by Gasparo Spontini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1807; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/11/1959 
Venue:  Live  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 11 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Or che vedi il mio tormento." 
9. I puritani: Oh vieni al tempio by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan,  Italian Radio Chorus Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1956 
Venue:  Live  RAI Studios, Milan, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "La dama d'Arturo..." 
10. Hamlet: A vos jeux "Mad Scene" by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athens Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Date of Recording: 08/05/1957 
Venue:  Live  Herodes Atticus Arena, Athens, Greece 
Length: 10 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11. Il trovatore: D'amor sull' ali rosee by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athens Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/05/1957 
Venue:  Live  Herodes Atticus Arena, Athens, Greece 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Vanne, lasciami". 
12. La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athens Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/05/1957 
Venue:  Live  Herodes Atticus Arena, Athens, Greece 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13. Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athens Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/05/1957 
Venue:  Live  Herodes Atticus Arena, Athens, Greece 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14. Lucia di Lammermoor: Regnava nel silenzio by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athens Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/05/1957 
Venue:  Live  Herodes Atticus Arena, Athens, Greece 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15. Hamlet: Et maintenant écoutez ma chanson! by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athens Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Date of Recording: 08/05/1957 
Venue:  Live  Herodes Atticus Arena, Athens, Greece 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16. La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Nicola Rescigno (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1957 
Venue:  State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, Texas 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: This is a rehearsal, so the performance is occasionally interrupted by spoken comments by conductor Nicola Rescigno followed by a repeated passage. The sound quality is substandard, but this performance is considered to be an important document of Maria Callas' career.
This selection is sung in English and Italian. 
17. I puritani: Qui la voce sua soave by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Nicola Rescigno (Spoken Vocals), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1957 
Venue:  State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, Texas 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This is a rehearsal, so the performance is occasionally interrupted by spoken comments by conductor Nicola Rescigno followed by a repeated passage. The sound quality is substandard, but this performance is considered to be an important document of Maria Callas' career.
This selection is sung in English and Italian. 
18. I puritani: Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Nicola Rescigno (Spoken Vocals), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1957 
Venue:  State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, Texas 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: This is a rehearsal, so the performance is occasionally interrupted by spoken comments by conductor Nicola Rescigno followed by a repeated passage. The sound quality is substandard, but this performance is considered to be an important document of Maria Callas' career.
This selection is sung in English and Italian. 
19. Anna Bolena: Piangete voi?...Al dolce guidami castel natio by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/27/1962 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This is a rehearsal, so the performance is occasionally interrupted by spoken comments by conductor Nicola Rescigno followed by a repeated passage. The sound quality is substandard, but this performance is considered to be an important document of Maria Callas' career.
This selection is sung in English and Italian. 
20. Anna Bolena: Qual mesto suon by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Nicola Rescigno (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1957 
Venue:  State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, Texas 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: This is a rehearsal, so the performance is occasionally interrupted by spoken comments by conductor Nicola Rescigno followed by a repeated passage. The sound quality is substandard, but this performance is considered to be an important document of Maria Callas' career.
This selection is sung in English and Italian. 
21. Anna Bolena: Suon festivo by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Nicola Rescigno (Spoken Vocals), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1957 
Venue:  State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, Texas 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: This is a rehearsal, so the performance is occasionally interrupted by spoken comments by conductor Nicola Rescigno followed by a repeated passage. The sound quality is substandard, but this performance is considered to be an important document of Maria Callas' career.
This selection is sung in English and Italian. 
22. Anna Bolena: Coppia iniqua, l'estrema vendetta by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Nicola Rescigno (Spoken Vocals), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1957 
Venue:  State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, Texas 
Length: 9 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: This is a rehearsal, so the performance is occasionally interrupted by spoken comments by conductor Nicola Rescigno followed by a repeated passage. The sound quality is substandard, but this performance is considered to be an important document of Maria Callas' career.
This selection is sung in English and Italian. 
23. Macbeth: Vieni, t'affretta! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/19/1959 
Venue:  Live  Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins with "Nel dì della vittoria.." 
24. Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/17/1958 
Venue:  Live  Chelsea Palace, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
25. Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/23/1958 
Venue:  Live  Chelsea Palace, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
26. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/23/1958 
Venue:  Live  Chelsea Palace, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
27. La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/03/1959 
Venue:  Live  Wood Green Empire, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
28. Mefistofele: L'altra notte in fondo al mare by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Sir Malcolm Sargent (Piano), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/30/1961 
Venue:  Live  St. James's Palace, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form. 
29. Macbeth: Una macchia è qui tuttora "Sleepwalking Scene" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/23/1959 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
30. Il pirata: Oh! s'io potessi dissipar le nubi by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/11/1959 
Venue:  Live  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
31. Don Carlos: Tu, che la vanitá conoscesti del mondo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sir Malcolm Sargent (Piano), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/30/1961 
Venue:  Live  St. James's Palace, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form. 
32. Il pirata: Col sorriso d'innocenza by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/11/1959 
Venue:  Live  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
33. Il pirata: Oh! sole! ti vela by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/11/1959 
Venue:  Live  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Qual suono ferale echeggia.." 
34. Ernani: Ernani, involami by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/11/1959 
Venue:  Live  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Surta e la notte..." 
35. Le Cid: Pleurez, mes yeux! by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Sir Malcolm Sargent (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Date of Recording: 05/30/1961 
Venue:  Live  St. James's Palace, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "De cet affreux combat..." 
36. Macbeth: La luce langue by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/27/1962 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form.
Composition written: Italy (1847).
Composition revised: Italy (1865). 
37. Carmen: Act 1 Prelude "Les toréadors" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1962 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
38. Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Written: 1873-1874 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1962 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
39. Carmen: Act 3 Prelude "Intermezzo" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1962 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
40. Carmen: Près des ramparts de Seville "Seguidilla" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 11/04/1962 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
41. Manon: Adieu, notre petite table by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Je ne suis que faiblesse..." 
42. Werther: Werther! Qui m'aurait dit...Des cris joyeux "Letter scene" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: French 
43. La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
44. Madama Butterfly: Tu, tu, piccolo iddio [Death of Butterfly] by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
45. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
46. Ah, Perfido!, Op. 65 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Jeffrey Tate (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1976 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form. 
47. Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
48. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Date of Recording: 05/19/1959 
Venue:  Live  Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
49. La Cenerentola: Nacqui all' affano...Non più mesta by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
50. Armida: D'amore al dolce impero by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1954 
Venue:  Live  Teatro dell'Opera, San Remo, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
51. Oberon, J 306: Ozean! du Ungeheuer by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1826; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/27/1962 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 

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