La Traviata (2CD) - Callas
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Verdi: La Traviata (Lisboa, 27/03/1958)(2CD)
Callas sang La traviatamore frequently than any other opera, apart from Norma. She performed it over 60 times between 1951 and 1958, most famously in Luchino Visconti’s production at La Scala in 1955/56. Her only studio recording of the role was made in 1953, but by the time she performed it in Lisbon in 1958, she had become still closer to the character;the critic John Steane wrote that the final act of her interpretation at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos is “the culmination of the great singing actress’s art”.Callas’s Alfredo is a tenor renowned for his elegance and sensitivity, Alfredo Kraus and his father is sung by the Italian baritone Mario Sereni, long a mainstay of the Metropolitan Opera. Later in 1958, in Dallas, Callas gave her last-ever performance of Violetta.
Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) is a three-act opera based on “La Dame aux Camelias”, adapted from the novel by
Alexandre Dumas. The play is still staged today in its original form.
Originally titled, Violetta after the main character, La Traviata is one of the composer’s most frequently performed operas.
The story is of Violetta, a beautiful courtesan of Paris, Alfredo, her handsome, yet penniless lover and Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.
The Met’s 2018–19 production of Verdi's heartbreaking classic featured a decadent 18th-century Paris played out against a stunning backdrop that changed with the seasons and the nature of Violetta and Alfredo's doomed, but exquisitely beautiful romance.
La Traviata made its world premiere in Venice at the Teatro la Fenice, on March 6, 1853.
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