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The Very Best of Maria Callas

Album Summary

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
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Notes & Reviews:

This wonderful new compilation features Maria Callas singing her most celebrated romantic roles in the very recordings that helped establish her career and transform her into an icon of the operatic stage.

Notes & Reviews:

Maria Callas was one of the greatest classical vocalists of her time, and certainly among the most famous and charismatic; her outsized personality and tempestuous personal life defined the operatic diva in the eyes of many. Her clear and versatile soprano voice was one of the most remarkable instruments in the operatic field, earning her the respect of her colleagues and music lovers alike. The Very Best of Maria Callas collects 17 memorable performances from her recordings for EMI Records, who issued the bulk of her recorded legacy. ~ Mark Deming



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>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Ensemble: ORTF National Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is a Stereo recording.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Ebben? ne andrò lontana
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47 :: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Ensemble: ORTF National Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is a Stereo recording.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Vissi d'arte
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Victor De Sabata
  • Ensemble: La Scala Theater Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: La mamma morta
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Porgi amor
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
  • Ensemble: Paris Conservatory Concert Society Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is a Stereo recording.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: J'ai perdu mon Eurydice
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Ensemble: ORTF National Orchestra
  • Notes: Ver: 1774
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Ritorna vincitor!
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Ensemble: La Scala Theater Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Francesco Cilèa (1866 - 1950) : Adriana Lecouvreur :: Ecco
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection begins with "Ecco: respiro appena..."
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Un bel di vedremo
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: La Scala Theater Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Casta Diva
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Ensemble: La Scala Theater Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Signore, ascolta!
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise :: Depuis le jour
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Ensemble: ORTF National Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is a Stereo recording.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887-1896
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Si, Mi chiamano Mimi
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda :: Suicidio!
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Antonino Votto
  • Ensemble: La Scala Theater Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1876
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Pace, pace mio Dio!
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Ensemble: La Scala Theater Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio