Maria Callas: The Live Recordings (42 CD with 3 Bonus Blu-ray Discs)

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Maria Callas: The Live Recordings (42 CD with 3 Bonus Blu-ray Discs)

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Commemorating the 40th anniversary of her death in Paris, Warner Classics presents the Maria Callas Live Remastered Edition: a deluxe 42-CD box set drawing together the great soprano’s live opera and recital recordings, with the invaluable inclusion of 12 roles she never recorded in the studio. These 20 complete operas and five filmed recitals on Blu-ray have been newly remastered from the highest quality source material, with the cutting-edge technology of Studio Art et Son in Paris.

Maria Callas Live captures in sumptuous sound the very heart of Callas’ artistry: it is on the stages of the world’s great opera houses and concert halls that the Maria Callas legend came to life. Thanks to faithful remastering, listeners can hear these performances in greater clarity than ever before, with many of the recordings restored to achieve unprecedented immediacy and authenticity. In the best preserved cases, the voice is heard in all its splendor and dramatic potency as if truly seeing La Divina perform live.

The landmark box set contains a richly-illustrated 200-page book with a chapter dedicated to each role sung by Callas in these recordings. The cover art of each opera album in the collection presents an iconic photo of the soprano in the corresponding performance. The edition has been developed in collaboration with the Maria Callas estate.

This luxury boxset comprises 42 CDs (20 complete operas) and 3 Blu-ray discs (5 recitals). Twelve of the operas were never recorded by Callas in the studio: Verdi: Nabucco, Verdi: I vespri siciliani, Verdi: Macbeth, Wagner: Parsifal, Donizetti: Anna Bolena, Donizetti: Poliuto, Rossini: Armida, Bellini: Il pirata, Gluck: Alceste, Gluck: Ifigenia in Tauride, Spontini: La vestale and Giordano: Andrea Chénier. Apart from that, we are also able to witness the historic performance of Verdi’s Aida in Mexico City, where she interpolated a high E flat at the end of the Triumphal Scene, exciting the audience to ecstatic applause; La Traviata(Lisbon 1958), conducted by Franco Ghione with Alfredo Kraus; her only incarnation on stage of Gilda in Rigoletto; Bellini’s Norma, at the height of her vocal powers in London; Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in the legendary performance with Karajan at the Städtische Oper Berlin; Cherubini’s Medeaa and Bellini’s La Sonnambula under Leonard Bernstein at La Scala, and the heartbreaking Puccini's Tosca from Covent Garden, 1964.
 

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