Maria Callas
Palacio de Bellas Artes, México 03 Jul 1951
Live Remastered 2017
2 CD 0190295844509 - DIGITAL

Verdi: Aida

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Orquesta y Coro del Palacio de Bellas Artes, México

Oliviero De Fabritiis

Aida held an important place in the earlier years of Callas’s career, and in 1950 it brought her debut at La Scala, Milan, the theatre where she soon became reigning diva. That same year, she sang the role of the Ethiopian princess in Mexico City, arousing near hysteria among the audience (and anger in the competitive tenor singing Radamès) by interpolating a stupendous top E flat at the end of the Triumphal Scene, which closes Act 2 of the opera. She repeated the feat on her return to Mexico the following year, when this live recording was made. This time, Radamès was the celebrated, heroic-voiced Italian, Mario del Monaco, while the Mexican mezzo-soprano Oralia Domínguez made an opulent Amneris and Giuseppe Taddei, one of the leading Italian baritones of his time, sang a powerful Amonasro.

Verdi: Aida

Aida: Maria Callas
Radamès: Mario Del Monaco
Amneris: Oralia Domínguez
Amonasro: Giuseppe Taddei
Ramfis: Roberto Silva
Il re d’Egitto - The King of Egypt: Ignacio Ruffino
Una sacerdotessa - A Priestess: Rosa Rodríguez
Un messaggero - A Messenger: Carlos Sagarminaga