Il Turco in Italia (2CD) - Maria Callas (Remastered)

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Il Turco in Italia (2CD) - Maria Callas (Remastered)
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Maria Callas
Nicola Rossi-Lemeni
Nicolai Gedda
Franco Calabrese
Jolanda Gardino
Piero de Palm
Mariano Stabil
Orchestra: Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Label: NAXOS / Warner Classics
Number of discs: 2

Callas's two comic roles were both in operas by Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Il Turco in Italia.  She first played the capricious and flirtatious Fiorilla - a married Neapolitan woman who takes up with a visiting Turk - in Rome in 1950.

Five years later, at La Scala, she appeared in a production by Franco Zeffirelli - the also famed director of her Covent Garden, Tosca and Paris, Norma.

Gramophone wrote: “Mme Callas acts vividly, chiding, boasting, melting, and when in typical Rossinian style she is given a 'key' figure, each repetition of it carries, so one thinks, a slightly different meaning. I found myself teased by memories of these little phrases for hours afterwards.”

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