Callas, Maria

Mad Scenes

9 Feb 2018

Barcode: 0190295736019

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti, Ambroise Thomas, Vincenzo Bellini
Other participants: Monica Sinclair, John Lanigan, Joseph Rouleau, Duncan Robertson, Nicola Rescigno, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus

A few months after the release of the new Callas Live Remastered Edition, Warner Classics continue to release her legendary studio recitals on vinyl, using the state of the art remastering done in 2014.

Maria Callas did not make complete studio recordings of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Bellini’s Il pirata (these two operas are both available in the new Callas Live Edition), though, as the queen of La Scala, she enjoyed triumphs in both roles in 1957–1958. The vocally and dramatically demanding final scenes of both operas feature in this recital with Ophélie’s mad scene from Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet, another coloratura extravaganza. When this recital first appeared in 1959, Gramophone wrote: ‘This is a most remarkable record, not only for its material … but for its astonishing vividness and dramatic poetry … It has been a thing of much wonder for me.’