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Verdi: La Traviata / Serafin, Stella, Gobbi, La Scala, et al

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Testament's La Traviata presents the first CD release of EMI's original 1956 recording. Walter Legge would have preferred Maria Callas for Violetta, but she was contractually unavailable at the time. Antonietta Stella was chosen as a replacement and Legge went ahead with what he felt was a strong cast. And he was not wrong, but Callas' later recording (with the same principals and Giulini conducting) completely overshadowed Stella's, whose career in some ways would be forever circumscribed due to the fact she "was not Callas." However, Stella is not without her strengths, including a consistently-produced tone and a powerful dynamic range. Giuseppe Di Stefano is also in exceptionally fine voice here, but it's Serafin himself who's the real star: his deep knowledge of and commitment to Verdi's score shows in his loving attention to detail and in his passionate conducting.


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>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
  • Performers: Luisa Mandelli (Voice); Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Antonietta Stella; Nicola Zaccaria (Bass); Carlo Forti (Bass); Silvio Maionica (Bass); Giuseppe Di Stefano; Elvira Galassi (Mezzo Soprano); Giuseppe Zampieri (Tenor); William Dickie (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
  • Notes: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy (09/15/1955-09/21/1955)
  • Running Time: 85 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853