Maria Callas
Städtische Oper, Berlin 29 Sep 1955
Live Remastered 2017
2CD 0190295844585 - DIGITAL

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

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RIAS Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin – Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano

Herbert von Karajan

Lucia di Lammermoor – like La sonnambula – had become associated with light-voiced sopranos, so when Callas took on the title role in the early 1950s she proved revelatory with her combination of visceral power, technical refinement and interpretative insight. In 1955, she and the La Scala company visited Berlin to perform Lucia and the result was what the Germans call a “Sternstunde” – a shining hour. It brought her together with another musical titan, Herbert von Karajan, and the results were phenomenal, the more so for a cast that also included the tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano, the baritone Rolando Panerai and the bass Nicola Zaccaria.

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Lucia: Maria Callas
Edgardo: Giuseppe Di Stefano
Enrico: Rolando Panerai
Raimondo: Nicola Zaccaria
Arturo: Giuseppe Zampieri
Alisa: Luisa Villa
Normanno: Mario Carlin