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CALLAS, Maria: Puccini Heroines / Lyric Arias (1954)

Artist(s) Serafin, Tullio, Conductor • Philharmonia OrchestraCallas, Maria, soprano
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.111275
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

1954 was for Callas an exceptionally busy year. As well as appearing regularly at La Scala, Milan, and elsewhere in Italy, she made her American début at the Chicago Lyric in November. Her September 1954 Watford Town Hall sessions featured on this recording were released on two albums, one devoted to Puccini arias, not without blemishes, and the second featuring a selection entitled Coloratura Lyric Arias, which remains justly famous to this day. In the two arias from Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Callas’ interpretation benefits from her remarkably expansive breath span. In Boito’s L’altra notte Callas revolutionises performance practice: she not only correctly sings all the written notes, but she understands implicitly what the


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Work/Track Title Time
CALLAS, Maria: Puccini Heroines / Lyric Arias (1954) 1:09:12   
  Manon Lescaut (excerpts)          
      Act II: In quelle trine morbide 2:52       
      Act IV: Sola, perduta, abbandonata 5:53       
  Madama Butterfly (excerpts)          
      Act II: Un bel di vedremo 4:32       
      Act III: Con onor muore - Tu, tu piccolo iddio 3:44       
  La boheme (excerpts)          
      Act I: Si, mi chiamano Mimi 4:48       
      Act III: Donde lieta usci 3:21       
  Suor Angelica: Senza mamma 5:35       
  Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro 2:35       
  Turandot (excerpts)          
      Act I: Signore, ascolta! 2:30       
      Act II: In questa reggia 6:24       
      Act III: Tu che di gel sei cinta 2:48       
  Adriana Lecouvreur (excerpts)          
      Act I: Ecco: Respiro appena - Io son l'umile ancella 3:47       
      Act IV: Poveri fiori 3:12       
  Andrea Chenier, Act III: La mamma morta 4:51       
  La Wally, Act I: Ebben? Ne andro lontana 4:50       
  Mefistofele, Act III: L'altra notte in fondo al mare 7:30       
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