Notes and Editorial Reviews
"[T]he Callas version was recorded in mono in 1957, yet it gives a vivid picture of the diva at the peak of her powers. Nicola Monti blends well with Callas in the dueets; and Fiorenza Cossotto is a good Teresa."
-- Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition]
"Callas's Amina was revolutionary. Prior to her assumption of this role, it was presented as a monochromatic exercise in producing pretty sounds and demonstrating vocal agility. Callas seems to have been the first to discern the human being under Amina's notes–at least the first in the time since recordings have been made–and she colors the score with an astonishing palette. Amina's frailty, fears, tenderness, and ultimate joy are all made real; she is a genuine
person with a face we can see even in an audio recording."
-- Henry Fogel, Fanfare
Works on This Recording
La sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Nicola Monti (Tenor),
Nicola Zaccaria (Bass),
Eugenia Ratti (Soprano),
Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano),
Giuseppe Morresi (Bass),
Franco Ricciardi (Tenor),
Maria Callas (Soprano)
Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,
Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Written: 1831; Italy
Date of Recording: 03/1957
Venue: Santa Eufemia Basilica, Milan, Italy
Length: 120 Minutes 36 Secs.
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