November 24, 2014
Released today: Maria Callas returns to LP, her iconic Carmen reissued on vinyl
Maria Callas never played Bizet's sultry gypsy heroine Carmen on stage, but her vocal interpretation, captured in the studio with the Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra under the baton of her frequent collaborator Georges Prêtre, has become synonymous with the role. No other singer has captured that heady blend of seduction, empowerment and just a hint of the coy that Callas poured into her habanera, and which led Gramophone critics of the day to declare: "Hers is a Carmen to haunt you."
Carmen was also La Divina's only complete recording of a French opera. It is fitting, then, that this is the iconic record, from all the studio recordings in the Maria Callas Remastered Edition, chosen to be re-issued on vinyl in a lavish 3-LP set marking a major milestone in her career.
Warner Classics presents a 180g Vinyl Edition of the legendary Callas’ Carmen, a faithful reproduction of the original release (including a full libretto in LP size), but remastered from the Paris vaults using the only set of tapes approved by Maria Callas herself.