WATFORD TOWN HALL, 21 SEP 1954
STUDIO REMASTERED 2014
CD 0825646340170 – DIGITAL

Puccini Arias

PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
TULLIO SERAFIN

Callas came to be closely identified with Tosca, and it was the only Puccini role she sang with any frequency during her reign as a prima donna. Turandot had figured prominently in her early career, and she performed Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) three times in Chicago in 1955, but all the other characters in this recital did not figure in her stage repertoire. Yet, as Gramophone said when this album was first released: ‘To each and every aria she brings the stamp of an individual artistry, something of character acting, and a concern for the dramatic and musical shaping of the aria which is very unlike the sort of Puccini singing we usually hear today.’


MANON LESCAUT
1. IN QUELLE TRINE MORBIDE (ACT II)
2. SOLA, PERDUTA, ABBANDONATA (ACT IV)


MADAMA BUTTERFLY
3. UN BEL DI VEDREMO (ACT II)
4. CON ONOR MUORE (ACT II)


LA BOHEME
5. SI. MI CHIAMANO MIMI (ACT I)
6. DONDE LIETA USCI (ACT III)


SUOR ANGELICA
7. SENZA MAMMA


GIANNI SCHICCI
8. O MIO BABBINO CARO


TURANDOT
9. SIGNORE, ASCOLTA! (ACT I)
10. IN QUESTA REGGIA (ACT II)
11. TU CHE DI GEL SEI CINTA (ACT III)


MARIA CALLAS SOPRANO