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La Sonnambula (2 CD) – Maria Callas

Item# 10037544

La Sonnambula (2 CD) – Maria Callas
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Release Date: November 5, 2002
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Maria Callas
Cesare Valletti
Giuseppe Modesti
Eugenia Ratti
Orchestra: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Chorus
Label: EMI Classics

This live 1955 recording of the La Sonnambula starring Maria Callas and Giuseppe Modesti , conducted by Leonard Bernstein, has been remastered, this rendering it a historical recording that should be in every opera collection.

“Callas is at her peak here, singing with delicacy and girlish tone, with fine filigree and sheer loveliness. She makes us care about this character--quite a feat. Bernstein knows which parts of the score to race through and which to linger over. The remastering of this once-quite-terrible-sounding recording has rendered it acceptable.” -

“…minor flaws and raw sound can't keep this Sonnambula from being one of the all-time great operatic recordings.” -

“So why is this set a necessity…? One big reason is Callas herself, energized by the live audience at the Scala premiere. She takes more risks than in the studio,…she's far more exciting here… what really makes this interpretation so amazing is the way she weights the coloratura fireworks and trills with meaning, and invests even throw-away lines with poignant emotion.”  -

Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula

Bellini’s sweet love story is filled with vocal fireworks, including one of opera’s most spectacular mad scenes. The title role of the sleepwalking Amina has attracted some of the greatest singers in history, beginning with the legendary Giuditta Pasta, who starred in the 1831 premiere.


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