Verdi: I vespri siciliani
15 Sep 2017
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Other participants: Erich Kleiber, Giórgios Kokoliós-Bardi, Enzo Mascherini, Boris Christoff
I vespri siciliani, originally conceived as a grand opéra for Paris, is one of Verdi’s most ambitious works, and the multi-faceted central role of Elena is one his most demanding: Callas is one of the few sopranos who have encompassed its vocal and dramatic diversity. This performance – conducted by Erich Kleiber and with Boris Christoff as the Sicilian activist Procida – took place in Florence in Spring 1951. Just over six months later, Callas opened the season at La Scala in the same opera. I vespri siciliani also served for her sole foray into directing opera, for the opening of the new Teatro Regio in Turin in 1973.
26 May 1951 · Firenze, Comunale