TEATRO ALLA SCALA, MILANO 07 DEC 1952
LIVE REMASTERED 2017
2 CD 0190295844479 – DIGITAL

Verdi: Macbeth

ORCHESTRA E CORO DEL TEATRO ALLA SCALA, MILANO
VICTOR DE SABATA

This live recording of Macbeth perpetuates Callas’s interpretation of a role that she only sang in one run of performances, at La Scala in 1952. There were plans for her to repeat it at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1959, but they failed to come to fruition. Her dark, but flexible tone, her on-stage magnetism and her command of dramatic nuance made her unforgettable as Shakespeare’s fatally ambitious Scottish noblewoman. The following year, Callas was to collaborate again with the great conductor Victor de Sabata, when she made her first recording of Tosca, a landmark in the Warner Classics catalogue.


MACBETH: ENZO MASCHERINI


LADY MACBETH: MARIA CALLAS


BANCO: ITALO TAJO


MACDUFF: GINO PENNO


MALCOLM: LUCIANO DELLA PERGOLA


UNA DAMA – A LADY-IN-WAITING: ANGELA VERCELLI


UN MEDICO – A DOCTOR: DARIO CASELLI


UN SERVO – A SERVANT: ATTILIO BARBESI


UN SICARIO – A MURDERER: MARIO TOMMASINI


UN ARALDO – A HERALD: IVO VINCO