May 16, 2017

Warner Classics unveils Maria Callas Live: Remastered Live Recordings 1949-1964

The authoritative box set of her live recordings commemorates the 40th anniversary of Maria Callas's death.

Although Maria Callas was just 53 when she died – 40 years ago on 16 September 1977 – she changed the face of opera for generations to come. Her legend has never faded: she remains the supreme singing-actress, the unsurpassed diva, and the glamorous style icon whose private life was often as dramatic as one of the tragic heroine’s she portrayed on stage.

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of her death in Paris, Warner Classics presents the Maria Callas Live edition: a deluxe 42-CD box set (also available as a digital download and on streaming platforms) drawing together La Divina’s live opera and recital recordings, with the invaluable inclusion of 12 roles Callas never recorded in the studio. These 20 complete operas and five complete filmed recitals on Blu-ray have been newly remastered from the highest quality source material with the cutting-edge technology of Studio Art et Son in Paris.

This unique collection captures in sumptuous sound the very heart of Callas’ artistry: it is on the stages of the world’s great opera houses and concert halls that the Maria Callas legend came to life. Thanks to faithful remastering, listeners can experience the great soprano’s voice in all its splendor and dramatic potency as if truly hearing her performing live, with recordings of unprecedented immediacy and authenticity.

The landmark box set contains a 200-page hard-back book with essays, a biography and chronology, as well as rare archival photographs of Maria Callas on stage. The cover art of each opera album in the collection presents an iconic photo of Callas in the corresponding performance.

Following the Success of MARIA CALLAS: THE STUDIO RECORDINGS REMASTERED

In 2014 Warner Classics, the guardian of Maria Callas’ official recorded catalogue, undertook a monumental remastering at London’s Abbey Road Studios of Callas’ Complete Studio Recordings, released as a 69-CD collectors’ set that met with resounding critical acclaim.

Maria Callas Live is the highly-anticipated follow-up to that groundbreaking studio collection, hailed by The New York Observer “a beacon illuminating the mysterious but indispensable art of Maria Callas…You couldn't ask for better than what Warner Classics has done with Maria Callas – The Studio Recordings Remastered.

"The recording now sounds like a million dollars...Restoring to us the sound of the voice as it would have been heard in the studio,” declared Gramophone magazine.

The Maria Callas Live Remastered Edition, to be released on 15 September 2017, lives up to the proven quality and inspired curation established by Warner Classics with the 2014 Studio Recordings collection.