TEATRO COMUNALE, FIRENZE 26 MAY 1951
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3 CD 0190295844516 – DIGITAL

Verdi: I vespri siciliani

ORCHESTRA E CORO DEL TEATRO COMUNALE DI FIRENZE
ERICH KLEIBER

I vespri siciliani, originally conceived as a grand opéra for Paris, is one of Verdi’s most ambitious works, and the multi-faceted central role of Elena is one his most demanding: Callas is one of the few sopranos who have encompassed its vocal and dramatic diversity. This performance – conducted by Erich Kleiber and with Boris Christoff as the Sicilian activist Procida – took place in Florence in Spring 1951. Just over six months later, Callas opened the season at La Scala in the same opera. I vespri siciliani also served for her sole foray into directing opera, for the opening of the new Teatro Regio in Turin in 1973.


GUIDO DI MONFORTE: ENZO MASCHERINI


IL SIRE DI BÉTHUNE: BRUNO CARMASSI


IL CONTE VAUDEMONT: MARIO FROSINI


ARRIGO: GIÓRGIOS KOKOLIÓS-BARDI


GIOVANNI DA PROCIDA: BORIS CHRISTOFF


LA DUCHESSA ELENA: MARIA CALLAS


NINETTA: MAFALDA MASINI


DANIELI: GINO SARRI


TEBALDO: ALDO DE PAOLI


ROBERTO: LIDO PETTINI


MANFREDO: BRENNO RISTORI