SALLE WAGRAM, PARIS 24 APR 1964
STUDIO REMASTERED 2017
CD 0825646340095 – DIGITAL

Rossini & Donizetti Arias

ORCHESTRE DE LA SOCIÉTÉ DES CONCERTS DU CONSERVATOIRE
NICOLA RESCIGNO

Although the bel canto repertoire was crucial to Callas’s career, and she played a significant part in reviving its fortunes, she never sang any of the roles – from both serious and comic operas – that are represented in this recital. Gramophone said: ‘It is extraordinary how the whole quality and colour of Callas’ voice changes as she moves from one character to another – for example, from the grand manner appropriate to the Babylonian queen [Semiramide] to the passion of the spoilt Italian duchess [Lucrezia Borgia] and thence to the simple charm of the countrywoman Adina [L’elisir d’amore].’


ROSSINI


LA CENERENTOLA
1. NACQUI ALL’AFFANNO…NON PIÙ MESTA (ACT II)


GUGLIELMO TELL
2. S’ALLONTANARONO ALFINE!…SELVA OPACA (ACT II)


DONIZETTI: LA FIGLIA DEL REGGIMENTO
3. CONVIEN PARTIR (ACT I)


ROSSINI: SEMIRAMIDE
4. BEL RAGGIO LUSINGHIER (ACT I)


DONIZETTI


LUCREZIA BORGIA

5. TRANQUILLO EI POSA…COM’È BELLO (PROLOGUE)


L’ELISIR D’AMORE
6. PRENDI, PRENDI; PER ME SEI LIBERA (ACT II)


MARIA CALLAS SOPRANO