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Callas is Medea – By Dan Davis by Luca

In his star-making debut with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 14, 1943, Bernstein proved he was able to make magic in a pinch. Something similar happened just over a decade later at La Scala in Milan, when an indisposed Victor de Sabata canceled a 1953 engagement. Cherubini’s “Medea,” a recent success […]

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Maria Callas – “E che … Io son Medea! … Oh, grido di dolor, oh voce dolce al cor! … Trista Glauce fedel! … O Ciel, il vil delitto punir non saprai … T’arresta e affisa ben la tua sposa schernita … Al Sacro Fiume io vo, colà t’aspetta l’Ombra mia” Scene of Medea-Giasone-Neris-Chorus – Finale ultimo – “Medea” in the italian translation by Carlo Zangarini (1909) of a previous German version (1855) by Franz Lachner of the original “Médée” (1797) in French – Luigi Cherubini (1760 – 1842) by Luca

In 1953 Maria Callas performed “Medea” by Luigi Cherubini, first in Firenze, with Carlos Guichandut, the great bass Mario Petri, Fedora Barbieri and Gabriella Tucci in a “wild” version conducted by Vittorio Gui. Then at the Teatro alla Scala conducted by the immense M.° Leonard Bernstein, with Gino Penno, Fedora Barbieri, Giuseppe Modesti and Maria […]

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Maria Callas – “Casta Diva” Aria (“Preghiera”) of Norma – “Norma” (1831) I Act IV Scene – Vincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835) by Luca

… The famous “Norma” at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, November 18, 1952. Maria Callas – “Casta Diva” Aria (“Preghiera”) of Norma – “Norma” (1831) I Act IV Scene – Vincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835). LIVE at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden – 1952 Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent […]

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Maria Callas & Giuseppe Di Stefano – “Ah! Queglio occhi! … Qual occhio al mondo può star di paro all’ardente occhio tuo nero” Duet Tosca-Cavaradossi – “La Tosca” (1900) I Act – Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924) by Luca

… This is my favourite “Tosca” in absolute. Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Tito Gobbi and Victor De Sabata, are simply perfect. ————————— “The 1953 EMI recording of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca conducted by Victor de Sabata, with Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano and Tito Gobbi, is considered by many opera critics to be one of […]

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Maria Callas & Ugo Savarese – “Dite alla giovane” Scene and Duet Violetta-Germont – “La traviata” (1853) II Act – Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901) by Luca

Today all the sopranos sing “Dite alla giovine ” with a faint voice, sounding between resigned and desperate, but this way of singing this scene was an invention of Maria Callas. This is to say, all the sopranos today are liable to Maria Callas, some more, some less. Maria Callas & Ugo Savarese – “Dite […]

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Maria Callas & Enzo Mascherini “Regna il sonno su tutti … Fatal mia donna … Follie!” “Duettone” Lady Macbeth-Macbeth – “Macbeth” (1865) Revised version of the 1947 opera, in Italian – I Act – Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901) by Luca

Maria Callas & Enzo Mascherini “Regna il sonno su tutti … Fatal mia donna … Follie!” “Duettone” Lady Macbeth-Macbeth – “Macbeth” (1865) Revised version of the 1947 opera, in Italian – I Act – Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901). LIVE at Teatro alla Scala – 1952 Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala M.° Victor De Sabata […]

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Maria Stader – “Esci ormai garzon malnato … Ah! La cieca gelosia … Susanna!” Duet Conte-Contessa – “Le nozze di Figaro” (1786) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) by Luca

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Maria Stader – “Esci ormai garzon malnato … Ah! La cieca gelosia … Susanna!” Duet Conte-Contessa – “Le nozze di Figaro” (1786) II Act-VIII Scene (Finale II) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791). Deutsche Grammophon Studio Album “Le nozze di Figaro” – ℗ 1961 Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, M.° Ferenc Fricsay Conductor.

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – Dame Kiri Te-Kanawa & Mirella Freni – “Le nozze di Figaro” (1786) – “Susanna, or via, sortite, sortite! Così vo’ … Dunque, voi non aprite?” Terzetto and Recitative Conte-Contessa-Susanna – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) by Luca

“Le nozze di Figaro” (1786) II Act-VI Scene “Susanna, or via, sortite, sortite! Così vo’ … Dunque, voi non aprite?” Terzetto and Recitative Conte-Contessa-Susanna – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791). Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – the Count – Baritone Dame Kiri Te-Kanawa – the Countess – Soprano Mirella Freni – Susanna – Soprano. Vienna Philharmonic / […]

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Mirella Freni – “Le nozze di Figaro” (1786) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) – “Crudel, perché finora farmi languir così” by Luca

“Le nozze di Figaro” (1786) III Act-II Scene – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) – “Crudel, perché finora farmi languir così” Duet Il Conte-Susanna. Baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Soprano Mirella Freni. Wiener Philharmoniker M.° Karl Böhm Conductor Staged, directed and designed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Deutsche Grammophon VHS “Le nozze di Figaro” – ℗ 1976 – […]

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Mirella Freni – “Deh, vieni, non tardar, o gioia bella”- “Le nozze di Figaro” (1786) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) by Luca

“Le nozze di Figaro” (1786) IV Act-X Scene – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) – “Deh, vieni, non tardar, o gioia bella” Aria of Susanna. Soprano Mirella Freni. Wiener Philharmoniker M.° Karl Böhm Conductor Staged, directed and designed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Deutsche Grammophon VHS “Le nozze di Figaro” – ℗ 1976 – First relased […]

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