TEATRO ALLA SCALA, MILANO 08 SEP 1954
STUDIO REMASTERED 2014
2CD 0825646340880 – DIGITAL

Rossini: Il turco in Italia

ORCHESTRA E CORO DEL TEATRO ALLA SCALA DI MILANO
GIANANDREA GAVAZZENI

Callas’s two comic roles were both in operas by Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia and Il turco in Italia. She first played the capricious and flirtatious Fiorilla – a married Neapolitan woman who takes up with a visiting Turk – in Rome in 1950. Five years later, at La Scala, she appeared in a production by Franco Zeffirelli, also, famously, the director of her Covent Garden Tosca and Paris Norma. Gramophone wrote: ‘Mme Callas acts vividly, chiding, boasting, melting, and when in typical Rossinian style she is given a “key” figure, each repetition of it carries, so one thinks, a slightly different meaning. I found myself teased by memories of these little phrases for hours afterwards.’


FIORILLA: MARIA CALLAS


SELIM: NICOLA ROSSI-LEMENI


NARCISO: NICOLAI GEDDA


GERANIO: FRANCO CALABRESE


ZAIDA: IOLANDA GARDINO


ALBAZAR: PIERO DE PALMA


PROSDOCIMO: MARIANO STABILE