August 12, 2014

Listen to Maria Callas remastered in free BBC Music Magazine podcast

With Callas as cover star, the classical magazine offers a sneak preview of two arias from the Remastered Edition.

BBC Music Magazine's September edition dedicated to 'The Great Sopranos' is on shelves now, with an accompanying CD featuring classic recordings by Elisabeth Söderström, Lucia Popp — and the one and only Maria Callas.

The free podcast is only a click away. You can listen to La Divina's unbeatable Carmen habanera and her signature, heartwrenching 'Casta Diva'. These two arias have been painstakingly remastered at Abbey Road Studio as part of the complete Maria Callas Remastered Edition: the highly anticipated 69-CD boxed set to be released on September 22.

Also on the BBC Music Magazine cover CD: Callas singing arias from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Verdi's Il trovatore, along with inimitable performances by two of Callas' esteemed colleagues, less iconic perhaps, but no less significant in the history of opera and recorded music: Lucia Popp and Elisabeth Söderström.