STÄDTISCHE OPER, BERLIN 29 SEP 1955
LIVE REMASTERED 2017
2CD 0190295844585 – DIGITAL

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

RIAS SINFONIE-ORCHESTER BERLIN – CORO DEL TEATRO ALLA SCALA, MILANO
HERBERT VON KARAJAN

Lucia di Lammermoor – like La sonnambula – had become associated with light-voiced sopranos, so when Callas took on the title role in the early 1950s she proved revelatory with her combination of visceral power, technical refinement and interpretative insight. In 1955, she and the La Scala company visited Berlin to perform Lucia and the result was what the Germans call a “Sternstunde” – a shining hour. It brought her together with another musical titan, Herbert von Karajan, and the results were phenomenal, the more so for a cast that also included the tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano, the baritone Rolando Panerai and the bass Nicola Zaccaria.


LUCIA: MARIA CALLAS


EDGARDO: GIUSEPPE DI STEFANO


ENRICO: ROLANDO PANERAI


RAIMONDO: NICOLA ZACCARIA


ARTURO: GIUSEPPE ZAMPIERI


ALISA: LUISA VILLA


NORMANNO: MARIO CARLIN