Maria Callas
Watford Town Hall 21 Sep 1954
Studio Remastered 2014
CD 0825646340132 - LP Vinyl 0190295736002 - DIGITAL

Lyric and coloratura arias

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Philharmonia Orchestra

Tullio Serafin

As this recital amply demonstrates, Maria Callas encompassed an extraordinary range of roles. She is as convincing in the pinpoint coloratura of Lakmé’s ‘Bell Song’ (‘Her chromatic scale is beautifully done and she sails up to the region known as in alt with the greatest ease,’ said Gramophone) as in the sweeping, richly- coloured lines of Maddalena’s ‘La mamma morta’ from Andrea Chénier, famously and movingly featured on the soundtrack of the 1993 Hollywood film Philadelphia. ‘There is great tenderness and simplicity, deep emotion, and the most lovely moulding of the vocal phrases,’ wrote Gramophone, ‘Madame Callas’s characterisations… are nothing less than superb, and altogether there is some of her finest singing yet recorded.’

Lyric and coloratura arias

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
1. Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l’umile ancella (Act I)
2. Poveri fiori (Act IV)
Giordano: Andrea Chénier
3. La mamma morta
Catalani: La Wally
4. Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (Act I)
Boito: Mefistofele
5. L’altra notte in fondo al mare (Act III)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
6. Una voce poco fa (Act I)
Meyerbeer: Dinorah
7. Ombra legger (Aria dell’ombra) (Act II)
Delibes: Lakmé
8. Dov’è l’indiana bruna? (Aria delle campanelle) (Act II)
Verdi: I vespri siciliani
9. Mercé, dilette amiche (Act V)
Maria Callas soprano