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The Eternal Maria Callas [DVD]

Album Summary

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new DVD - released to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Maria Callas - combines the very best of her performances in the "on stage" part, along with documentary footage which gives an insight into her glamorous but tragic life. This disc also contains previously unavailable material including a performance of Maria Callas as Casta Diva from Bellini's 'Norma' in 1957.

To honour the 30th Anniversary of the death of Maria Callas, EMI Classics has put together a compilation of the best moments from its collection of DVD featuring the diva. Thus,there are moments from the television concerts Callas recorded in Hamburg, London and Paris, the interviews she recorded in her home in 1968, and for Paris TV in 1965 & 1969, plus scenes from the 1987 documentary "Life And Art." Of primary interest is the 1957 RAI TV performance of "Casta Diva" not released by EMI Classics previously and thought lost for 40 years until it was aired on Italian TV in 1997 as part of the 20th anniversary memorial tribute to Callas. This is a good compilation of clips from these disparate sources and will serve as a good introduction to the diva for new fans. Long term fans who have all the previous EMI Classics DVD of Callas will only be interested in the 1957 "Casta Diva." However, it is a well presented collection and worth a look.

Notes & Reviews:

Picture Format: NTSC, B&W
Country of Origin: USA


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Works Details

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Casta diva
  • Performer: Maria Callas (Soprano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1831