AUDITORIUM DELLA RAI, TORINO 01 SEP 1953
STUDIO REMASTERED 2014
2CD 0825646340859 – DIGITAL

Verdi: La traviata

ORCHESTRA SINFONICA DELLA RAI DI TORINO, CORO CETRA
GABRIELE SANTINI

Violetta, the most complex and fully-rounded of Verdi’s heroines, was one of the roles that defined Maria Callas as an artist. She performed it more than 60 times between 1951 and 1958, most famously in Luchino Visconti’s production  at La Scala in 1955/56. It is often said that the role demands a different kind of voice for each act, and, when she made this recording for the Cetra label in 1953, Callas offered youthful, ringing power complemented by coloratura prowess and the capacity for great delicacy.  More than 60 years on, her characterisation, in its subtlety and truth, still sets the standard for La traviata.


VIOLETTA VALÉRY: MARIA CALLAS


ALFREDO GERMONT: FRANCESCO ALBANESE


GIORGIO GERMONT: UGO SAVARESE


FLORA BERVOIX: EDE MARIETTI GANDOLFO


ANNINA: INES MARIETTI


GASTONE: MARIANO CARUSO


IL BARONE DOUPHAL: ALBERTO ALBERTINI


IL MARCHESE D’OBIGNY: MARIO ZORGNIOTTI


IL DOTTORE GRENVIL: MARIO ZORGNIOTTI


GIUSEPPE: TOMMASO SOLEY