La Gioconda, 1959 (3 CD) – Maria Callas (Remastered)

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La Gioconda, 1959 (3 CD) – Maria Callas (Remastered)
Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Artist: Maria Callas
Label: Warner Classics
Number of discs:  3 CD

Callas’s second studio recording of La Gioconda was made in 1959, six years after her last stage performance of the role in 1947 − the vehicle for her Italian debut at the Arena di Verona.

The recording came at a turning point in Callas’s life, when her relationship with Aristotle Onassis led to her separation from her husband, Giovanni Battista Meneghini.

Writing in Gramophone in 1960, Philip Hope-Wallace said, “I simply cannot imagine anyone getting more out of the role than she does this time…the total effect is riveting.”

Joining Callas were two young Italian singers destined for great careers − the mezzo-soprano, Fiorenza Cossotto, as her rival, Laura and baritone, Piero Cappuccilli as the sinister Barnaba,


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