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Brilliant Opera Collection - Bellini: Norma / Serafin, Callas, Fillipeschi, Stignani


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93922   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Mario FilippeschiNicola Rossi-LemeniMaria CallasPaolo Caroli,   ... 
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded April 23 - May 3, 1954.
Had Maria Callas lived in any other century, her voice, her demeanor, and her star quality would still be the stuff of legend. Luckily, we have more than folklore--we have these digitally remastered performances released on EMI Classics.
The title role in Vincenzo Bellini's 'Norma' requires extraordinary talents of a dramatic soprano. In 1954, Callas's voice was at its peak. Although critics considered her dramatic skills improved in 1960 when a second recording was made, it is this performance that shows her in her true glory.
The story of 'Norma' may have been lost if not for great sopranos like Callas. Talent rescued the opera from anonymity after an unspectacular premiere in 1831. In Callas's
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Works on This Recording

1. Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Mario Filippeschi (Tenor), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass), Maria Callas (Soprano),
Paolo Caroli (Tenor), Ebe Stignani (Mezzo Soprano), Rina Cavallari (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 162 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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