Maria Callas Remastered

Maria Callas Remastered - Rossini: Il Turco in Italia [1954]

2 CD
20 Oct 2014

Barcode: 0825646340880

Other participants: Nicolai Gedda, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala Milan, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Callas’s two comic roles were both in operas by Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia and Il turco in Italia. She first played the capricious and flirtatious Fiorilla – a married Neapolitan woman who takes up with a visiting Turk – in Rome in 1950. Five years later, at La Scala, she appeared in a production by Franco Zeffirelli, also, famously, the director of her Covent Garden Tosca and Paris Norma. Gramophone wrote: ‘Mme Callas acts vividly, chiding, boasting,melting, and when in typical Rossinian style she is given a “key” figure, each repetition of it carries, so one thinks, a slightly different meaning. I found myself teased by memories of these little phrases for hours afterwards.’


Il turco in Italia, Act 2: "Restate contenti" (Selim, Zaida, Fiorilla, Geronio, Narciso, Chorus)  - Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Jolanda Gardino, Mariano Stabile, Maria Callas, Franco Calabrese, Nicolai Gedda, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Gianandrea Gavazzeni 

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