Maria Callas Live Remastered Recordings 1949-1964 / Various

Release Date: 9/15/2017
Catalog Number: 563467
Number of Discs: 45

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CD
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$139.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Marking the 40th anniversary of Maria Callas’ death (16th September 1977), Maria Callas Live captures the legendary soprano in action on the stages of the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. Thanks to new audio remastering from the best available sources, this 45-disc set reveals Callas’ compelling genius as a singing actress with a new truthfulness and immediacy. Containing 20 complete operas – including 12 works she never recorded in the studio – and five complete filmed recitals (with two different stagings of Act 2 of Tosca) on Blu-ray, Maria Callas Live is the indispensable complement to Callas Remastered, Warner Classics’ landmark collection of her studio recordings.

This luxury box set comprises 42 CDs (20 complete operas) and 3 Blu-ray discs (5 recitals). Twelve of the operas were never recorded by Callas in the studio: Verdi (Nabucco, I vespri siciliani, & Macbeth), Wagner (Parsifal), Donizetti (Anna Bolena, Poliuto), Rossini (Armida) Bellini (Il pirata), Gluck (Alceste, Ifigenia in Tauride), Spontini (La vestale), and Giordano (Andrea Chénier). Apart from that, we are also able to witness the historic performance of Verdi’s Aida in Mexico City, where she interpolated a high E flat at the end of the Triumphal Scene, exciting the audience to ecstatic applause; La traviata (Lisbon 1958), conducted by Franco Ghione with Alfredo Kraus; her only incarnation on stage of Gilda in Rigoletto; Bellini’s Norma, at the height of her vocal powers in London; Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in the legendary performance with Karajan at the Städtische Oper Berlin; Cherubini’s Medea, and Bellini’s La sonnambula under Leonard Bernstein at La Scala, and the heartbreaking Puccini Tosca from Covent Garden, 1964.
Works on This Recording
1. Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Gino Bechi (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Gino Sinimberghi (Tenor), Amalia Pini (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Vittorio Gui
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Italy
2. Parsifal by Richard Wagner
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Rolando Panerai (Baritone), Boris Christoff (Bass), Africo Baldelli (Tenor)
Conductor: Vittorio Gui
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1882 ; Germany
3. I vespri siciliani by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Enzo Mascherini (Baritone), Giorgio Kokolios Bardi (Tenor), Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor: Erich Kleiber
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855 ; Italy
4. Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Mario Del Monaco (Tenor), Oralia Dominguez (Mezzo Soprano), Giuseppe Taddei (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
5. Armida by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Mario Filippeschi (Tenor), Francesco Albanese (Tenor), Alessandro Ziliani (Tenor)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817 ; Italy
6. Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Ignacio Ruffino (Bass), Piero Campolonghi (Baritone), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor: Umberto Mugnai
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
7. Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Mirto Picchi (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano), Giacomo Vaghi (Bass), Ebe Stignani (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Vittorio Gui
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
8. Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Enzo Mascherini (Baritone), Italo Tajo (Bass), Gino Penno (Tenor)
Conductor: Victor de Sabata
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847/1865 ; Italy
9. Medea by Luigi Cherubini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Maria Luisa Nache (Soprano), Giuseppe Modesti (Bass), Gino Penno (Tenor)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Period: Classical
Written: 1797 ; France
10. Alceste by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Paolo Silveri (Baritone), Rolando Panerai (Baritone), Renato Gavarini (Tenor)
Period: Classical
Written: 1767 ; Vienna, Austria
11. La Vestale by Gasparo Spontini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Enzo Sordello (Baritone), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Ebe Stignani (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Antonino Votto
Period: Romantic
Written: 1807 ; Paris, France
12. Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Aldo Protti (Baritone), Mario Del Monaco (Tenor), Maria Amadini (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Antonino Votto
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
13. La sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Gabriella Carturan (Mezzo Soprano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Giuseppe Modesti (Bass)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
14. Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Rolando Panerai (Baritone), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Nicola Zaccaria (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
15. Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano), Gianni Raimondi (Tenor), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830 ; Italy
16. Iphigénie en Tauride by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer: Anselmo Colzani (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Francesco Albanese (Tenor), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Nino Sanzogno
Period: Classical
Written: 1778-1779 ; Vienna, Austria
17. La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Mario Sereni (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Laura Zannini (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Franco Ghione
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
18. Il pirata by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Glade Peterson (Bass), Costantino Ego (Bass), Pier Miranda Ferraro (Tenor)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Italy
19. Poliuto by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Nicola Zaccaria (Bass), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Ettore Bastianini (Baritone)
Conductor: Antonino Votto
Period: Romantic
20. Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Renato Cioni (Tenor), Edgard Boniface (Bass), Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Victor Godfrey (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
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