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VERDI: Traviata (La) (Di Stefano, Stella) (1955)

Composer(s):Verdi, Giuseppe
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.111272-73
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps

Having already recorded La Traviata for CETRA (Naxos 8.110300-01), Maria Callas was contractually barred from taking part in this 1955 recording of the opera, which featured, instead, the emerging Italian soprano Antonietta Stella, who went on to become an acclaimed interpreter of Verdi’s and Puccini’s romantic heroines and to record extensively for a variety of labels.When the recording was released in Britain in 1956, The Gramophone reviewer thought “Stella sings with a good deal of fine intention… Di Stefano is much better [than his rivals] …Gobbi is a really impressive vocal actor”. Hugely admired by singers, the conductor Tullio Serafin embodies all the finest qualities of the Italian maestro.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,November 2007

Maria Callas had already recording La Traviata for Cetra, and the label was unwilling to release her from contract to record the work for her new label, Columbia, until 1959. But market pressures to have a version of the opera available in the new LP format and the label had to look elsewhere to complete their established team of Di Stefano, Gobbi and Serefin. That they would not wait until Callas was available created much bad feeling between her and Columbia, and in the event record collectors only looked upon this release as a stopgap. The choice eventually fell on Antonietta Stella who already had a fast growing career including debut appearances at Milan’s La Scala and London’s Covent Garden, and was booked to appear at New York’s Metropolitan Opera at



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