Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Complete opera) [Recorded 1953]

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GAETANO DONIZETTI
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Complete opera) [Recorded 1953]
Maria Callas, Nicolai Gedda, Robert Massard / Coro e Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tullio Serafin

[ Warner Classics Maria Callas Remastered / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Monday 20 October 2014

This Lucia di Lammermoor was the first complete recording that Callas made under the aegis of Walter Legge for EMI/Columbia - and also her first recording with Giuseppe di Stefano, Tito Gobbi and her mentor Tullio Serafin. She had made her role debut as Lucia the previous year (1952), bringing tragic stature to the archetypal fragile bel canto heroine. Gramophone described her recorded performance as 'certainly some of the finest singing of our time'.

'Callas's Lucia is a great performance of the part and, especially in the Mad Scene, we hear some of the finest singing of our time. Credit is also due to Tullio Serafin for his admirable direction of the opera and to the engineers for the excellent recording.' (Gramophone)