Maria Callas Remastered - Complete Studio Recordings

Release Date: 9/23/2014
Catalog Number: 633991
Number of Discs: 70

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Listening to the new Maria Callas Remastered–Complete Studio Recordings is like cleaning your glasses or looking at a wine glass that has just come from the dishwasher. No spots. A fog, a type of indefinable schmutz that you were only vaguely aware of, is suddenly gone: OMG, so that’s what this was supposed to sound like!

For the techies out there, the original recordings–many with boxy sound (the first Tosca, for example), many murky (Il barbiere di Siviglia), many with extraneous noises, such as traffic outside the studio (the stereo Norma), or a low rumble, which, it is explained, came from the London Underground (the stereo Lucia)–have been transferred at 24-bit/96kHz, in contrast to the 2007 remasterings, which were at 16-bit/44.1 kHz (not as sharp). In addition, in 2007 some reverb was added for “presence” and the noise-suppressing ART process flattened dynamics. The original studio master tapes have been used here.

I can only verify the results: I’m pretty certain I am now hearing the voice of Maria Callas as closely as possible to what it sounded like live, in the studios, when she was recording these works. I only heard/saw her live once–during her disastrous concert tour in 1974, when there were only a few decent notes left in her voice–but I do recall a resonance and a “buzz” to those good notes that has only been hinted at on her recordings prior to these newly mastered releases. It’s like hearing them all–26 complete operas and 13 recitals–anew. Any student or lover of singing, and particular, Callas, can attest to the ways in which her voice changed over the years; but now, without distortion or anything added, it’s even clearer–and more importantly, we can now hear how her voice, in fact, remained the same.

The voice itself is endlessly fascinating. Aside from her occasional use of a “little girl” voice–as Gilda, Amina, Elvira, Butterfly (in Act 1)–the middle octave always had a darkness to it. And even in something like her opening words in the duet with Giorgio from the 1953 Puritani–“O amato zio, o mio secondo padre!”–there is a slight heaviness, both solid and tender. And her genius at eliding the word “zio” with the next “o” tells us so much about the warm, loving relationship between the two.

From the start of her career as well, the very top of the voice–from B-flat to E-flat in alt–can be wiry and precarious, or conversely, rock solid. This lasted until late, 1959. And the vicious (or miserable, or hateful, or ferocious), colorful, dramatically right-on chest voice, unequalled by any other soprano on the planet, was also always present–just compare her two recordings of Gioconda, the first from 1952 and the second, from seven years later. Her chest voice sounds like an erupting volcano in both. The intriguing “bottled up” sound that some find stunning and interesting and others find simply odd is there from the start. (Walter Legge hypothesized that the roof of her mouth was peculiarly high, like a “gothic arch”, which caused that effect.)

It is often said that her voice was everything but beautiful, but unless we’re speaking in Kanawa/Battle/Fleming terms of beauty, this is not true. The improved sound, with none of the tubbiness or flatness of the pre-stereo recordings, allows us to hear a sweetness that is unmatchable. Her recits and both duets from Sonnambula are balletic; Gilda’s innocence is irresistible; her exchanges with her mother from, yes, the later Gioconda, are concerned, loving, and girlish. I might add that the original release of the Puritani sounded like mud; now, each voice, and the orchestra, is clear. And we can hear niceties in Callas’ singing that had been covered since ’53.

In addition, with the sound cleared up, her sheer craziness and desperation as Santuzza (not to mention Gioconda) is now wonderfully in-your-face. The yelling in Cavalleria, with orchestra at full throttle, no longer distorts, and the extreme anxiety that pours out of Callas is matched by the disdain from Giuseppe di Stefano in the duet. In August of ‘54 alone she recorded Forza, Il turco in Italia, 11 Puccini arias, and nine arias as different as “La mamma morta” and “The Bell Song”, all while learning La vestale. I cannot imagine a soprano today who would subject herself to such a schedule.

Strange, other things are now audible. To name two: In Barbiere, on the 2007 CDs, there is a little harpsichord flourish after Bartolo’s “A un dottor della mia sorte” that introduces Berta’s recit before the faux-drunken Count enters. That flourish ends CD 1 and starts CD 2–a really sloppy oversight, now fixed. And marvelously, the rumor that Giuseppe di Stefano did not show up for part of the Puritani recording sessions and another tenor had to sing his music is now audible: As Callas sings “Son vergin vezzosa”, Giorgio, Arturo, and Enrichetta join in, making it a quartet. Listen carefully: In the first verse there is no tenor audible, and in the second the tenor is clearly not di Stefano. Just a lagniappe, I realize, but it will give you an idea of the clarity of the remasterings. Additionally, the opening “Scarpia chords” from the first Tosca are no longer muffled and Ferrando’s narrative from Act 1 of Trovatore is wonderflly spooky and clear. In fact, all of the Trovatore is brilliant and every nuance present.

Of course the flaws are still present. On the Callas à Paris 1 from 1961, after a simply ravishing “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix”, with the most sultry downward portamentos in history and a voice as solid as a rock, we get Juliette’s Waltz Song, which, though her sound is remarkably placed for a younger, more innocent character, is about as ugly above the staff as possible. And that CD ends with a performance of “Depuis le jour” that never should have been released. In other words, we’re fine in the mezzo repertoire on the CD, save for the finale of “Pleurez mes yeux”, which ends on a ghastly high B that caps an otherwise overwhelmingly sad reading of the aria. Callas’ 1964 singing of Weber’s “Ocean, thou mighty monster”, in garbled, bizarre English (listen to the way she pronounces “burning”) is capped by a high C that could kill the weaker among us, and most of the Rossini and Donizetti Arias CD, from 1963 and ’64, is a joyless, effortful affair.

The 69 CDs are handsomely packaged with a 132-page booklet, each opera or recital with its original covers (a 70th disc, a CD-ROM, contains easy-to-download librettos in PDF files). This is an incomparable release.

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. I puritani: Qui la voce sua soave by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Arturo Basile
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
2. Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Arturo Basile
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
3. Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Arturo Basile
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Germany
4. La Gioconda by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer: Gianni Poggi (Tenor), Paolo Silveri (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Antonino Votto
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Italy
5. La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Ugo Savarese (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Licia Albanese (Soprano)
Conductor: Gabriele Santini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
6. Medea by Luigi Cherubini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Miriam Pirazzini (Mezzo Soprano), Renata Scotto (Soprano), Mirto Picchi (Tenor)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Classical
Written: 1797 ; France
7. Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Gino Sarri (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano), Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Valiano Natali (Tenor), Raphäel Arié (Bass), Anna Maria Canali (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
8. I puritani by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Carlo Forti (Bass), Rolando Panerai (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Aurora Cattelani (Soprano), Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
9. I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer: Nicola Monti (Tenor), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Rolando Panerai (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Italy
10. Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Ebe Ticozzi (Alto), Rolando Panerai (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Anna Maria Canali (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Italy
11. Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: Victor De Sabata
Orchestra/Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
12. Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Mario Filippeschi (Tenor), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass), Paolo Caroli (Tenor), Rina Cavallari (Mezzo Soprano), Ebe Stignani (Soprano), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
13. La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Gino Del Signore (Tenor), Dario Caselli (Bass), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass), Rina Cavallari (Mezzo Soprano), Elena Nicolai (Mezzo Soprano), Maria Callas (Soprano), Carlo Tagliabue (Baritone), Renato Capecchi (Baritone), Richard Tucker (Tenor), Plinio Clabassi (Bass)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862/1869 ; Italy
14. Il turco in Italia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Franco Calabrese (Bass), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano), Mariano Stabile (Baritone), Jolanda Gardino (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1814 ; Italy
15. Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Italy
16. Manon Lescaut: Sola, perduta, abbandonata by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Italy
17. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
18. Madama Butterfly: Con onor muore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
19. La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
20. La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
21. Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918 ; Italy
22. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918 ; Italy
23. Turandot: Signore, ascolta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926 ; Italy
24. Turandot: In questa reggia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926 ; Italy
25. Turandot: Tu, che di gel sei cinta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926 ; Italy
26. Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella by Francesco Cilèa
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902 ; Italy
27. Adriana Lecouvreur: Poveri fiori by Francesco Cilèa
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902 ; Italy
28. Andrea Chénier: La mamma morta by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
29. La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Italy
30. Mefistofele: L'altra notte in fondo al mare by Arrigo Boito
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Italy
31. Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah": Ombre legère by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Germany
32. Lakmé: Où va la jeune indoue? "Bell Song" by Léo Delibes
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883 ; France
33. I vespri siciliani: Mercè, dilette amiche "Bolero" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855 ; Italy
34. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
35. Medea: Dei tuoi figli la madre by Luigi Cherubini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1797 ; France
36. La Vestale: Tu che invoco con orrore by Gasparo Spontini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1807 ; Paris, France
37. La Vestale: O nume tutelar by Gasparo Spontini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1807 ; Paris, France
38. La Vestale: Caro oggetto by Gasparo Spontini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1807 ; Paris, France
39. La sonnambula: Come per me sereno...Sovra il sen by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
40. La sonnambula: Ah, non credea mirarti by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
41. Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Enrico Campi (Bass), Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano), Mario Borriello (Baritone), Mario Carlin (Tenor), Plinio Clabassi (Bass), Luisa Villa (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Danieli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
42. Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Nicola Zaccaria (Bass), Giuseppe Modesti (Bass), Franco Ricciardi (Tenor), Richard Tucker (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano), Elvira Galassi (Soprano), Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
43. Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Nicola Zaccaria (Bass), Carlo Forti (Bass), Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Vittorio Tatozzi (Bass), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano), Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Luisa Mandelli (Mezzo Soprano), Elvira Galassi (Mezzo Soprano), William Dickie (Baritone), Plinio Clabassi (Bass), Giuse Gerbino (Soprano), Adriana Lazzarini (Alto)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
44. Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Nicola Zaccaria (Bass), Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Giulio Mauri (Bass), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Rolando Panerai (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Luisa Villa (Soprano), Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
45. La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Nicola Zaccaria (Bass), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Carlo Forti (Bass), Franco Ricciardi (Tenor), Rolando Panerai (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Anna Moffo (Soprano), Manuel Spatafora (Baritone), Carlo Badioli (Bass), Eraldo Coda (Bass)
Conductor: Antonino Votto
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
46. Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Silvio Maionica (Bass), Nicola Zaccaria (Bass), Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Ezio Giordano (Bass), Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano), Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Eugenia Ratti (Soprano)
Conductor: Antonino Votto
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
47. Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Nicola Zaccaria (Bass), Mario Carlin (Tenor), Luigi Alva (Tenor), Gabriella Carturan (Mezzo Soprano), Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Fritz Ollendorf (Baritone)
Conductor: Alceo Galliera
Period: Romantic
Written: 1816 ; Italy
48. La sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Nicola Zaccaria (Bass), Nicola Monti (Tenor), Franco Ricciardi (Tenor), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Maria Callas (Soprano), Eugenia Ratti (Soprano), Giuseppe Morresi (Bass)
Conductor: Antonino Votto
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
49. Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Nicola Zaccaria (Bass), Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Eugenio Fernandi (Tenor), Giuseppe Nessi (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano), Mario Borriello (Baritone), Giulio Mauri (Baritone), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926 ; Italy
50. Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Dino Formichini (Tenor), Vito Tatone (Tenor), Franco Ventriglia (Bass), Carlo Forti (Bass), Giulio Fioravanti (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Franco Calabrese (Bass), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Franco Ricciardi (Tenor), Giuseppe Morresi (Bass)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Italy
51. Macbeth: Vieni, t'affretta! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847/1865 ; Italy
52. Macbeth: La luce langue by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
53. Macbeth: Una macchia è qui tuttora "Sleepwalking Scene" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847/1865 ; Italy
54. Nabucco: Ben io t'invenni...Anch' io dischiuso un giorno by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Italy
55. Ernani: Ernani, involami by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; Italy
56. Don Carlos: Tu, che la vanitá conoscesti del mondo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1884 ; Italy
57. Anna Bolena: Piangete voi?...Al dolce guidami castel natio by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: John Lanigan (Tenor), Duncan Robertson (Tenor), Monica Sinclair (Alto), Maria Callas (Soprano), Joseph Rouleau (Bass)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830 ; Italy
58. Hamlet: A vos jeux "Mad Scene" by Ambroise Thomas
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; France
59. Il pirata: Oh! s'io potessi dissipar le nubi by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Italy
60. Il pirata: Col sorriso d'innocenza by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Italy
61. Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Renzo Casellato (Tenor), Ferruccio Tagliavini (Tenor), Leonardo del Ferro (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano), Margreta Elkins (Mezzo Soprano), Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Bernard Ladysz (Bass)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Italy
62. La Gioconda by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer: Ivo Vinco (Bass), Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Carlo Forti (Bass), Leonardo Monreale (Bass), Pier Miranda Ferraro (Tenor), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Maria Callas (Soprano), Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass), Aldo Biffi (Baritone), Irene Companeez (Alto)
Conductor: Antonino Votto
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Italy
63. Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Nicola Zaccaria (Bass), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Maria Callas (Soprano), Edda Vincenzi (Soprano), Franco Corelli (Tenor)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
64. Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1762/1774 ; Vienna, Austria
65. Alceste: Divinités du Styx by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1767 ; Vienna, Austria
66. Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra
Written: 1873-1874 ;
67. Carmen: Près des ramparts de Seville "Seguidilla" by Georges Bizet
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873-1874 ; France
68. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Printemps, qui commence by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; France
69. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; France
70. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; France
71. Roméo et Juliette: Je veux vivre dans le rêve "Waltz Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; France
72. Mignon: Je suis Titania la blonde by Ambroise Thomas
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866 ; France
73. Le Cid: Pleurez, mes yeux! by Jules Massenet
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885 ; France
74. Louise: Depuis le jour by Gustave Charpentier
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: French National Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; France
75. Iphigénie en Tauride: O malheureuse Iphigénie! by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Period: Classical
Written: 1778-1779 ; Vienna, Austria
76. La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: D'amour, l'ardente flamme by Hector Berlioz
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845-1846 ; France
77. Les pêcheurs de perles: Comme autrefois by Georges Bizet
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Period: Romantic
Written: 1863 ; Paris, France
78. Manon: Adieu, notre petite table by Jules Massenet
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883-1884 ; France
79. Manon: Je marche sur tous chemins "Gavotte" by Jules Massenet
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883-1884 ; France
80. Werther: Werther! Qui m'aurait dit...Des cris joyeux "Letter scene" by Jules Massenet
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; France
81. Faust: Ah! je ris de me voir si belle "Jewel Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
82. Faust: Ah! je ris de me voir si belle "Jewel Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
83. Ah, Perfido!, Op. 65 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Classical
Written: 1795-1796 ; Vienna, Austria
84. Oberon, J 306: Ozean! du Ungeheuer by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825-1826 ; Dresden, Germany
85. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
86. Don Giovanni, K 527: Or sai chi l'onore by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Prague, Czech Republ
87. Don Giovanni, K 527: Crudele?...Non mi dir, bell' idol mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Prague, Czech Republ
88. Don Giovanni, K 527: In quali eccessi...Mi tradì quell' alma ingrata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Prague, Czech Republ
89. Otello: Piangea cantando...Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
90. Aroldo: Salvami, salvami tu gran Dio! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ; Italy
91. Aroldo: O Cielo! Dove son io by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ; Italy
92. Don Carlos: Non pianger, mia compagna by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1884 ; Italy
93. Don Carlos: O don fatale by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
94. Aroldo: Ciel, ch'io respiri! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ; Italy
95. La fille du régiment: Il faut partir by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1840 ; Italy
96. Lucrezia Borgia: Tranquillo ei posa by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1833 ; Italy
97. Lucrezia Borgia: Com' è bello! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1833 ; Italy
98. L'Elisir d'Amore: Prendi, per me sei libero by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1832 ; Italy
99. La Cenerentola: Nacqui all' affano...Non più mesta by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817 ; Italy
100. Guillaume Tell: Sombre forêt by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
101. Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823 ; Italy
102. Carmen by Georges Bizet
Performer: Jacques Mars (Bass), Robert Massard (Baritone), Nadine Sautereau (Soprano), Maria Callas (Soprano), Andréa Guiot (Soprano), Maurice Maievski (Tenor), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Jacques Pruvost (Tenor), Jean-Paul Vauquelin (Tenor), Claude Calès (Baritone), Jane Berbié (Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873-1874 ; France
103. Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Ugo Trama (Bass), Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Leonardo Monreale (Bass), Giorgio Tadeo (Bass), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano), Tito Gobbi (Baritone), David Sellar (Boy Soprano)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
104. I lombardi: O madre, dal cielo soccorri al mio pianto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843 ; Italy
105. Attila: Liberamente or piangi...Oh! nel fuggente nuvolo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846 ; Italy
106. Il corsaro: Non so le tetre immagini by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1848 ; Italy
107. Il corsaro: Vola talor di carcere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1848 ; Italy
108. Il trovatore: Tacea la notte placida...Di tale amor by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
109. I vespri siciliani: Arrigo! ah, parli a un core by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855 ; Italy
110. Un ballo in maschera: Ecco l'orrido campo...Ma dall' arido stelo divulsa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
111. Un ballo in maschera: Morrò, ma prima in grazia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
112. Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
113. Don Giovanni, K 527: Crudele?...Non mi dir, bell' idol mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Prague, Czech Republ
114. Macbeth: Una macchia è qui tuttora "Sleepwalking Scene" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847/1865 ; Italy
115. I vespri siciliani: Arrigo! ah, parli a un core by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855 ; Italy
116. Lucrezia Borgia: Com' è bello! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Antonio Tonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1833 ; Italy
117. Il pirata: Sorgete, è in me dover ... Lo sognai ferito by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Monica Sinclair (Alto), Maria Callas (Soprano), Alexander Young (Tenor)
Conductor: Antonio Tonini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1827 ; Italy
118. Don Carlos: O don fatale by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Antonio Tonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
119. Oberon, J 306: Ozean! du Ungeheuer by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Antonio Tonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825-1826 ; Dresden, Germany
120. Aida: Pur ti riveggo...Là tra le foreste vergini by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano), Franco Corelli (Tenor)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
121. I lombardi: Te, Vergin santa...Salve Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843 ; Italy
122. Il trovatore: D'amor sull' ali rosee by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
123. Attila: Liberamente or piangi...Oh! nel fuggente nuvolo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble: Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846 ; Italy
124. Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Antonio Tonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823 ; Italy
125. Guillaume Tell: Sombre forêt by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Antonio Tonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
126. La Cenerentola: Nacqui all' affano...Non più mesta by Gioachino Rossini
Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor: Antonio Tonini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817 ; Italy
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