Anna Bolena (2 CD) - Maria Callas

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Anna Bolena (2 CD) - Maria Callas
Donizetti: Anna Bolena (Milano, 14/04/1957)(2CD)
Label: PRX/Warner Classics/Parlophone

Callas’s Anna Bolena at La Scala in 1957 was one of the absolute highlights of her extraordinary career.The performances brought new life toabel cantoopera that had long fallen out of favour. The central role was ideally suited tohertalents andsheonce again had Luchino Viscontias her director.

Anna’s rival, Giovanna Seymour, was sung by one Callas’s most trusted colleagues, the superb mezzo-soprano Giulietta Simionato. The conductor, Gianandrea Gavazzeni,described the production as“a complete revelation of what I have always felt should be the ideal collaboration between stage and music”.

History

Anna Bolena premiered at Milan’s Teatro Carcano in 1830, and was Donizetti’s first great international success. David McVicar, who created the Met’s new production of Anna Bolena, says of the work: “Donizetti takes the bel canto form and explores every possible dramatic opportunity within it. The lynchpin of the story is Anna Bolena’s inability to provide Henry VIII with the male heir that he craves. And, of course, to be a wife of Henry VII is to risk as much as you gain.”
 

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