Callas, Maria

Bellini: Norma

2CD
15 Sep 2017

Barcode: 0190295844639

Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Other participants: Vittorio Gui, Mirto Picchi, Ebe Stignani, Giacomo Vaghi, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

'Bellini’s Norma is an epic and multi-faceted role, often considered the ultimate vocal challenge for an operatic soprano. Callas sang it on stage 92 times, more often than any other heroine, and her achievement casts a long shadow: more than 50 years after her last performance in the role (Paris, 1965) she remains the point of reference for any soprano who aspires to it. It was in 1952, as Norma, that she made her debut at London’s Royal Opera House, the theatre that witnessed her final operatic appearance 13 years later. In the famous duets that Norma shares with her fellow druid priestess, Adalgisa, Callas is partnered by another superlative singer, Ebe Stignani, the greatest Italian mezzo-soprano of her era. Taking the small role of Norma’s servant Clotilde is a singer who in 1952 was destined for great things, and for the role of Norma…' Joan Sutherland.

18 November 1952 · London, Royal Opera House

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Bellini: Norma: Sinfonia to Act 1  - Maria Callas 
02 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Ite sul colle ... Dell'aura tua profetica" (Oroveso, Chorus)  - Maria Callas 
03 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Svanir le voci!" (Pollione, Flavio)  - Maria Callas 
04 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Meco all'altar di Venere" (Pollione)  - Maria Callas 
05 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Odi? ... I suoi riti a compiere" (Flavio, Chorus, Pollione)  - Maria Callas 
06 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Me protegge, me difende" (Pollione)  - Maria Callas 
07 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Norma viene" (Chorus)  - Maria Callas 
08 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Sediziose voci" (Norma, Oroveso, Chorus)  - Maria Callas 
09 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Casta Diva" (Norma, Chorus, Oroveso)  - Maria Callas 
10 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Fine al rito, e il sacro bosco" (Norma, Oroveso, Chorus)  - Maria Callas 
11 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Ah! bello a me ritorna" (Norma, Oroveso, Chorus)  - Maria Callas 
12 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Sgombra è la sacra selva" (Adalgisa)  - Maria Callas 
13 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Eccola - va, mi lascia" (Pollione, Adalgisa)  - Maria Callas 
14 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Va, crudele" (Pollione, Adalgisa)  - Maria Callas 
15 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Vieni in Roma" (Pollione, Adalgisa)  - Maria Callas 
16 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Vanne, e li cela entrambi" (Norma, Clotilde)  - Maria Callas 
17 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Adalgisa! ... Alma, costanza" (Norma, Adalgisa)  - Maria Callas 
18 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Oh, rimembranza!" (Norma, Adalgisa)  - Maria Callas 
19 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Ah sì, fa core, abbracciami" (Norma, Adalgisa)  - Maria Callas 
20 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Ma di '... l'amato giovine" (Norma, Adalgisa, Pollione)  - Maria Callas 
Disc 2 
01 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Oh, di qual sei tu vittima" (Norma, Adalgisa, Pollione)  - Maria Callas 
02 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Perfido! ... Or basti!" (Norma, Adalgisa, Pollione)  - Maria Callas 
03 Bellini: Norma, Act 1: "Oh, rimembranza!" (Norma, Adalgisa)  - Maria Callas 
04 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: Introduzione  - Maria Callas 
05 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Dormono entrambi!" (Norma)  - Maria Callas 
06 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Olà! Clotilde!" (Norma, Clotilde)  - Maria Callas 
07 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Mi chiami, o Norma?" (Adalgisa, Norma)  - Maria Callas 
08 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Deh! con te, con te li prendi" (Adalgisa, Norma)  - Maria Callas 
09 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Mira, o Norma" (Adalgisa, Norma)  - Maria Callas 
10 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Cedi ... deh cedi!" (Adalgisa, Norma)  - Maria Callas 
11 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Sì, fino all'ore estreme" (Adalgisa, Norma)  - Maria Callas 
12 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Non partì?" (Chorus)  - Maria Callas 
13 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Guerrieri! a voi venirne" (Oroveso, Chorus)  - Maria Callas 
14 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Ah! del Tebro al giogo indegno" (Oroveso, Chorus)  - Maria Callas 
15 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Ei tornerà. Sì!" (Norma, Clotilde)  - Maria Callas 
16 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Squilla il bronzo del Dio!" (Chorus, Oroveso, Norma)  - Maria Callas 
17 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Guerra! guerra!" (Chorus)  - Maria Callas 
18 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Né compi il rito, o Norma?" (Oroveso, Norma, Clotilde, Chorus, Pollione)  - Maria Callas 
19 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "In mia man alfin tu sei" (Norma, Pollione)  - Maria Callas 
20 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Già mi pasco ne' tuoi sguardi" (Norma, Pollione)  - Maria Callas 
21 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Dammi quel ferro!" (Chorus, Norma, Pollione, Oroveso)  - Maria Callas 
22 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Qual cor tradisti" (Chorus, Norma, Pollione, Oroveso)  - Maria Callas 
23 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Norma! deh! Norma, scòlpati!" (Chorus, Norma, Pollione, Oroveso)  - Maria Callas 
24 Bellini: Norma, Act 2: "Deh! Non volerli vittime" (Chorus, Norma, Pollione, Oroveso)  - Maria Callas 


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