Callas, Maria

Gluck: Alceste

15 Sep 2017

Barcode: 0190295844554

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Other participants: Carlo Maria Giulini, Renato Gavarini, Paolo Silveri, Rolando Panerai

Alceste, in 1954, was the first of two Gluck operas that Callas sang at La Scala, followed three years later by an Italian version of Iphigénie en Tauride. It was in the 1953-54 season that she rose to become ‘Queen of La Scala’, also singing Medea. Elisabetta (Don Carlo) and Giulia (La Vestale) at the Milanese theatre. Her conductor for Alceste was Carlo Maria Giulini. Describing Callas in the role of the Ancient Greek queen who is prepared to sacrifice herself so that her husband may live, he said: “[She] was opera incarnate – absolute harmony between word, music and action … In all my years in the opera house I have never known an artist like Callas. Hers is no fabricated legend: she truly did have something different.”

4 April 1954 Milano, Teatro alla Scala