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Callas Collection - Verdi: Aida / Del Monaco, Taddei, Et Al

Release Date: 06/20/2000 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1250   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe TaddeiOralia DominguezIgnacio RuffinoRoberto Silva,   ... 
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico City Palacio de Bellas Artes OrchestraMexico City Palacio de Bellas Artes Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In Mexico City in July of 1951, only months before she would mount the stage of Milan's La Scala opera house for the first time (and thereby change the course of opera forever), Maria Callas sang the title role in a thrilling production of Giuseppe Verdi's 'Aida.' Callas's later-in-life vocal decline is well known, but here, in this reissue of the live recording, she is at the peak of her vocal and dramatic powers. Her performance of "O patria mia" is, like so much of what she sang at this stage in her career, a transcendent balancing act between vocal control and dramatic abandon. The cast that surrounds her is comprised of the leading Verdi interpreters of the post-war era, including the tenor Mario Del Monaco and the bass Giuseppe Read more Taddei. Del Monaco's voice has a thrilling power that one might imagine could knock down a pyramid. Special mention must go to the little-known Oralia Domínguez, whose very appealing portrayal of Amneris will most certainly be a discovery for many. Read less

Works on This Recording

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Taddei (Baritone), Oralia Dominguez (Mezzo Soprano), Ignacio Ruffino (Bass),
Roberto Silva (Bass), Rosita Rodriguez (Soprano), Carlos Sagarminaga (Tenor),
Mario Del Monaco (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico City Palacio de Bellas Artes Orchestra,  Mexico City Palacio de Bellas Artes Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/03/1951 
Venue:  Live  Mexico City, Mexico 
Length: 150 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Verdi: Aida: Prelude
Verdi: Aida: Si, corre voce
Verdi: Aida: Se quel guerrier io fossi... Celeste Aida
Verdi: Aida: Ritorna vincitor!
Verdi: Aida: Immenso Fhta!
Verdi: Aida: Nume, custode e vindice
Verdi: Aida: Chi mai fra gl'inni e i plausi
Verdi: Aida: Fu la sorte dell'armi a'tuoi funesta... Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside
Verdi: Aida: Salvator della patria
Verdi: Aida: O Re: pei sacri Numi
Verdi: Aida: O tu che sei d'Osiride
Verdi: Aida: Pur to riveggo, mia dolce Aida
Verdi: Aida: L'aborrita rival a me sfuggia
Verdi: Aida: Ohime!... Morir me sento... La fatal pietra... O terra addio

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