Callas, Maria

Maria Callas Remastered - Puccini: Madama Butterfly [1955]

2 CD 5-inch
22 Sep 2014

Barcode: 0825646340996

Composer: Pucini
Other participants: Nicolai Gedda, Lucia Danielli, Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala Milan, Herbert von Karajan

A famous backstage photo was taken in Chicago after one of just three performances that Callas gave of Madama Butterfly; it shows the soprano in her Japanese costume, snarling furiously at a bailiff who had served a writ on her – the very image of the tempestuous diva. By contrast, in her recording of the role, ‘it is, miraculously,’ as the critic John Osborne observed, ‘the 15-yearold girl and not the great Callas who stands before us.’ Her genius for vocal characterisation finds an apt complement in Herbert von Karajan’s conducting: ‘a wholly sympathetic rendering [that] brings out more of the detail of the score than I have ever heard before’, wrote Gramophone.


Madama Butterfly , Act 2: "Con onor muore" (Butterfly, Pinkerton)  - Maria Callas, Nicolai Gedda, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Herbert von Karajan 

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