Bellini: La Sonnambula (complete opera recorded live 1955)

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Bellini: La Sonnambula (complete opera recorded live 1955)
Maria Callas, Cesare Valletti, Giuseppe Modesti, Gabriella Carturan / Teatro alla Scala, Leonard Bernstein

[ Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 1 February 2019

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The La Scala production of La sonnambula in 1955 united three towering artistic personalities: Callas, Leonard Bernstein and Luchino Visconti. The excitement is palpable in this recording of its first night. Visually, it was of a stylised, Romantic beauty, with Callas presented like a classical ballerina. Aurally, Callas, supported at every turn by Bernstein's alert and flexible conducting, portrays Bellini's gentle heroine with exquisite empathy, creating a hushed, other-worldly atmosphere when Amina sings as she sleep-walks, and bursting with joy and relief in a blaze of coloratura in the opera's final moments.