La Sonnambula (2 CD) - Maria Callas

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La Sonnambula (2 CD) - Maria Callas
Bellini: La sonnambula (Milano, 05/03/1955)(2CD)
Label: PRX/Warner Classics/Parlophone

The La Scala production ofLa sonnambulain 1955 united three towering artistic personalities: Callas, Leonard Bernstein and Luchino Visconti. The excitement is palpable in this recording of its first night. Visually, it was of a stylised, Romantic beauty, with Callas presented like a classical ballerina.

Aurally, Callas, supported at every turn by Bernstein’s alert and flexible conducting, portrays Bellini’s gentle heroine with exquisite empathy, creating a hushed, other-worldly atmosphere when Amina sings as she sleep-walks, and bursting with joy and relief in a blaze of coloratura in the opera’s final moments.
 

History

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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