TEATRO ALLA SCALA, MILANO 11 SEP 1959
STUDIO REMASTERED 2014
3CD 0825646340804 – DIGITAL

Ponchielli: La Gioconda

ORCHESTRA E CORO DEL TEATRO ALLA SCALA DI MILANO
ANTONINO VOTTO

Callas’s second studio recording of La Gioconda was made in 1959, six years after her last stage
performances of the role, which in 1947 has been the vehicle for her Italian debut (at the Arena di Verona). The recording came at a turning point in Callas’s life – when her relationship with Aristotle Onassis led to her separation from her husband, Giovanni Battista Meneghini. Writing in Gramophone in 1960, Philip Hope-Wallace said: ‘I simply cannot imagine anyone getting more out of the role than she does this time … the total effect is riveting.’ Joining Callas were two young Italian singers destined for great careers: the mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto as her rival, Laura, and, as the sinister Barnaba, baritone Piero Cappuccilli.


LA GIOCONDA: MARIA CALLAS


LAURA ADORNO: FIORENZA COSSOTTO


LA CIECA: IRENE COMPANEEZ


ALVISE BADOERO: IVO VINCO


ENZO GRIMALDO: PIER MIRANDA FERRARO


BARNABA: PIERO CAPPUCCILLI


ZUÀNE: LEONARDO MONREALE


UN CANTORE/UN PILOTA: CARLO FORTI


ISÈPO/PRIMA VOCE LONTANA: ALDO BIFFI


UN BARNABOTTO: BONALDO GIAIOTTI