TEATRO ALLA SCALA, MILANO 07 DEC 1954
LIVE REMASTERED 2017
2CD 0190295844523 – DIGITAL

Spontini: La vestale

ORCHESTRA E CORO DEL TEATRO ALLA SCALA DI MILANO
ANTONINO VOTTO

The central character in La vestale, as in Norma, is a priestess who transgresses her holy vows for love. Spontini’s nobly conceived opera, composed for Paris in the Napoleonic era, brought Callas’s first collaboration on a new production with the great director Luchino Visconti, who described her as “the greatest tragedienne since Duse” (Eleonora Duse, 1858–1924, the legendary Italian actress). Callas was joined in the cast by Franco Corelli and Ebe Stignani, and Arturo Toscanini was a member of the audience that witnessed her triumph in the role of Giulia at the first night at La Scala.


GIULIA (GIOVANE VESTALE): MARIA CALLAS


LA GRAN VESTALE: EBE STIGNANI


LICINIO (GENERALE ROMANO): FRANCO CORELLI


CINNA (CAPO DI LEGIONE): ENZO SORDELLO


IL SOMMO SACERDOTE -THE HIGH PRIEST: NICOLA ROSSI-LEMENI


UN CONSOLE -A CONSUL: VITTORIO TATOZZI


IL CAPO DEGLI ARUSPICI – THE CHIEF SOOTHSAYER: NICOLA ZACCARIA