La Sonnambula (2 CD) - Maria Callas (Remastered)

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La Sonnambula (2 CD) - Maria Callas (Remastered)
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Conductor: Antonio Votto
Maria Callas
Florenza Cossotto
Nicola Zaccaria
Nicola Monti
Eugenia Ratti
Giuseppe Morresi
Franco Ricciardi
Orchestra: Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Label: Naxos/Warner Classics
Number of discs: 2

Like Lucia di Lammermoor and Elvira (I Puritani), Amina, the gentle heroine of La Sonnambula, was a role that had become associated with light-voiced coloratura sopranos.

Callas brought both a new substance and subtlety to the role when Luchino Visconti staged it for her at La Scala in 1955.

This recording was made two years later, when the production was revived.


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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