Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2CD) - Maria Callas (Remastered)

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Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2CD) - Maria Callas (Remastered)
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Conductor:  Alceo Galliere
Maria Callas
Orchestra:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Label: NAXOS/ Warner Classics
Number of discs: 2

As she demonstrated in both Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Il Turco in Italia, Callas, the great tragedienne, could also turn her skills to comedy.

As it happened, the 1956 La Scala production of Rossini's most popular opera did not prove a great success with audiences, but its stars - Callas, Tito Gobbi and Luigi Alva - reassembled in London the following year for this recording.

Callas sang the role of Rosina at its original mezzo-soprano pitch and her version of 'Una voce poco fa' - punctuated by an unforgettable 'ma' ('but') in the cabaletta - is a miracle of both elegance and wit.


Its story of two young lovers, an elderly guardian who wants the girl for himself, and Figaro, the resourceful barber of the title make Gioachino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816) one of opera’s most beloved comedies. At the end of the first act, the leading characters, confused by what’s going on, sing about their feeling of hearing the sound of an anvil being hammered inside their heads—a turn of phrase taken literally in director Bartlett Sher’s hit Met production.

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