Maria Callas
Teatro alla Scala, Milano 07 Dec 1960
Live Remastered 2017
2 CD 0190295844578 - DIGITAL

Donizetti: Poliuto

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Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano

Antonino Votto

Donizetti’s rarely-performed Poliuto, based on a play by the great French dramatist Corneille, opened La Scala’s season in 1960 and marked Callas’s return to the iconic Milanese theatre after an absence of two seasons. The opera is set in Armenia at the time of the Roman Empire and Callas sings the role of Paolina, torn between loyalty to her husband Severo and love for Poliuto, a Christian convert. The principal male roles are taken by two Italian singers who are worthy partners for Callas: the magnificent baritone Ettore Bastianini and Franco Corelli, considered by many to be the greatest Italian tenor of his time.

Donizetti: Poliuto

Poliuto: Franco Corelli
Paolina: Maria Callas
Severo: Ettore Bastianini
Callistene: Nicola Zaccaria
Nearco: Perio De Palma
Felice: Rinaldo Pellizzoni
Due cristiani - Two Christians: Virgilio Carbonari, Giuseppe Morresi