Maria Callas
Salle Wagram, Paris 24 Apr 1964
Studio Remastered 2014
CD 0825646340095 - DIGITAL

Rossini & Donizetti Arias

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Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire

Nicola Rescigno

Although the bel canto repertoire was crucial to Callas’s career, and she played a significant part in reviving its fortunes, she never sang any of  the roles – from both serious and comic operas – that are represented in this recital. Gramophone said: ‘It is extraordinary how the whole quality and colour of Callas’ voice changes as she moves from one character to another – for example, from the grand manner appropriate to the Babylonian queen [Semiramide] to the passion of the spoilt Italian duchess [Lucrezia Borgia] and thence to the simple charm of the countrywoman Adina [L’elisir d’amore].’

Rossini & Donizetti Arias

La Cenerentola
1. Nacqui all’affanno…Non più mesta (Act II)
Guglielmo Tell
2. S’allontanarono alfine!...Selva opaca (Act II)
Donizetti: La figlia del reggimento
3. Convien partir (Act I)
Rossini: Semiramide
4. Bel raggio lusinghier (Act I)
Lucrezia Borgia
5. Tranquillo ei posa...Com’è bello (Prologue)
L’elisir d’amore
6. Prendi, prendi; per me sei libera (Act II)
Maria Callas soprano