Maria Callas
Auditorium della RAI, Roma 20 Jan 1950
Live Remastered 2017
3 CD 0190295844455 - DIGITAL

Wagner: Parsifal

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Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Roma della RAI

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In her early years as a dramatic soprano, Callas sang three Wagner roles: Isolde, Brünnhilde (Die Walküre) and Kundry in Parsifal. This performance of Wagner’s final opera, recorded for Italian state radio late in 1950, became her farewell to the composer. Although only 26 at the time, she showed a deep understanding of the complex and tortured character of Kundry, a mythical woman who is hundreds of years old. The previous year, while singing Isolde in Venice, Callas had been encouraged by the conductor Tullio Serafin to take on the coloratura role of Elvira in I puritani at very short notice; it set a new and decisive direction for her career.

Wagner: Parsifal

Kundry: Maria Callas
Amfortas: Rolando Panerai
Titurel: Dimitri Lopatto
Gurnemar: Boris Christoff
Parsifal: Africo Baldelli
Klingor: Giuseppe Modesti
Cavalieri del Graal - Knights of the Grail: Aldo Bertocci, Mario Frosini
Quattro scudieri - Four Squires: Silvana Tenti, Miti Truccato Pace, Franco Baldaccini, Aldo Bertocci
Fanciulle Fiore / Voci di giovanetti - Flower Maidens / Boys: Lina Pagliughi, Renata Broilo, Anna Maria Canali, Liliana Rossi, Silvana Tenti, Miti Truccato Pace