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Maria Callas - The Legendary Duets

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Bellini, Vincenzo : La sonnambula, opera
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

In these 2 CDs, the iconic Greek-American soprano Maria Callas is heard in duets with a number of the greatest opera stars of her day. Some were her regular partners on stage and in recordings, while others made only an occasional appearance in Callas' career, but her talent is such that she invariably establishes an affinity with each one in the studio that raises these duets to memorable musical and dramatic heights. This desire always to make the very best of her musical associations was part of Callas’s total dedication to her work.

This album is a new addition to the highly successful emi classics series the very best of... Devoted to some 35 famous singers such as maria callas, dame janet baker, placido domingo and josé carrerasmaria callas became a very popular star of the italian opera and performed many heavy roles such as aida, isolde and brünnhilde. She later went on to star at la scala, chicago and new york. She had a reputation for being a temperamental and difficult colleague. This was refuted by those closest to her and may have resulted from her self-critical temperament and frequent vocal troubles which often forced her to abstain from singing or to perform below her best form. These vocal troubles stemmed from an inequality between registers, a harsh middle range and a tremolo on high sustained notes. It is not known whether these flaws were due to a lack of training or some physical problem. In spite of this, maria callas has been compared to the work of pasta and schroeder-derient. Her genius in her authoritative performances and her richly colored voice by far outweigh any imperfections in her voice.



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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Act 1. Vogliatemi bene
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 1. O soave fanciulla
  • Performers: Giuseppe Di Stefano; Rolando Panerai (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Antonino Votto
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Act 3. Oh sarò la piú bella!
  • Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Act 3. Principessa di morte!
  • Performer: Eugenio Fernandi (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 1. Libiambo, ne'lieti calici
  • Performers: Alvaro Malta (Baritone); Piero de Palma (Tenor); Vito Susca (Bass); Laura Zanini (Mezzo Soprano); Alessandro Maddelena; Alfredo Kraus
  • Conductor: Franco Ghione
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 3. Parigi, o cara
  • Performer: Alfredo Kraus
  • Conductor: Franco Ghione
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 1. Ah, veglia, o donna
  • Performers: Giuseppe Di Stefano; Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Giuse Gerbino (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 1. E il sol dell'anima...Addio! speranza ed anima
  • Performers: Giuseppe Di Stefano; Carlo Forti (Bass); Giuse Gerbino (Mezzo Soprano); Renato Ercolani (Vocals)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 3. Lassú in cielo
  • Performer: Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore :: Act 4. Miserere
  • Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore :: Act 4. Mira, d'acerbe lagrime
  • Performer: Rolando Panerai (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 3. Ciel! mio padre
  • Performer: Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 4. O terra, addio
  • Performers: Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano); Richard Tucker (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Bellini, Vincenzo : La sonnambula, opera :: Act 1. Son geloso del zefiro errante
  • Performer: Nicola Monti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonino Votto
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1831

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera :: Act 3. Vieni fra queste braccia
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 1. Mario! Mario! Mario!
  • Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 13 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 1. Or tutto è chiaro
  • Performers: Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Giorgio Tadeo (Voice)
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 3. Senti, l'ora è vicina
  • Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Act 2. Mira, o ... Sì, fino all'ore estreme
  • Performer: Christa Ludwig
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Act 2. In mia man alfin tu sei
  • Performer: Franco Corelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor :: Act 1. Ah, talor del tuo pensiero... Verranno a te
  • Performer: Ferruccio Tagliavini
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1835

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor :: Act 2. Soffriva nel pianto...un folle t'accese
  • Performer: Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1835

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Act 1. Dunque io son
  • Performer: Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Alceo Galliera
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda :: Act 2. Stella del marinar!...L'amo come il fulgor del creato!
  • Performer: Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonino Votto
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1876

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act 1. Près des remparts de Séville
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act 2. Non, tu ne m'aimes pas!
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act 4. C'est toi! C'est moi!
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 8 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874