Maria Callas
Teatro alla Scala, Milano 05 Mar 1955
Live Remastered 2017
2CD 0190295844653 - DIGITAL

Bellini: La sonnambula

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Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano

Leonard Bernstein

The La Scala production of La sonnambula in 1955 united three towering artistic personalities: Callas, Leonard Bernstein and Luchino Visconti. The excitement is palpable in this recording of its first night. Visually, it was of a stylised, Romantic beauty, with Callas presented like a classical ballerina. Aurally, Callas, supported at every turn by Bernstein’s alert and flexible conducting, portrays Bellini’s gentle heroine with exquisite empathy, creating a hushed, other-worldly atmosphere when Amina sings as she sleepwalks, and bursting with joy and relief in a blaze of coloratura in the opera’s final moments.

Bellini: La sonnambula

Amina: Maria Callas
Il conte Rodolfo: Giuseppe Modesti
Teresa: Gabriella Carturan
Elvino: Cesare Valletti
Lisa: Eugenia Ratti
Alessio: Pierluigi Latinucci
Un notaro: Giuseppe Nessi