[ Warner Classics Maria Callas Remastered / 45 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Monday 18 September 2017
Maria Callas Live captures the legendary soprano in action on the stages of the world's great opera houses and concert halls. Thanks to new audio remastering from the best available sources, this 45-disc set reveals Callas' compelling genius as a singing actress with a new truthfulness and immediacy. Containing 20 complete operas - including 12 works she never recorded in the studio - and five complete filmed recitals on Blu-ray, Maria Callas Live is the indispensable complement to Maria Callas Remastered, Warner Classics' landmark collection of her studio recordings.
This deluxe box set comprises 42 CDs (20 complete operas) and 3 Blu-ray (5 recitals).
12 of the operas were never recorded by Callas in the studio
Verdi: I vespri siciliani
Donizetti: Anna Bolena
Bellini: Il pirata
Gluck: Ifigenia in Tauride
Spontini: La vestale
Giordano: Andrea Chénier
The 8 other operas in the box result from performances which have made the legend of Callas on stage:
The historic performance of Verdi's Aida (when she sang an interpolated high E flat at the end of the Triumphal Scene to ecstatic applause from the audience), La traviata (Lisbon 1958, conducted by Franco Ghione with Alfredo Kraus), her only incarnation of Rigoletto on stage, Bellini's Norma at the height of her voice in London, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in the legendary perfomance with Karajan at Staatsoper Berlin, Cherubini's Medea and Bellini's La Sonnambula under Leonard Bernstein at La Scala, and the heartbreaking Puccini Tosca from Covent Garden, 1964.
Each recording in this edition has been newly remastered, using the latest audio technology, great care has been taken to assure accuracy of reproduced pitch, which has been corrected in various instances.
Some performances presented in this boxset (Nabucco, Armida, La Vestale, Alceste) were recorded under difficult technical circumstances and this remains evident in the audio quality. That being said, Warner Classics has made a conscious choice in including them, since they offer the only opportunity to hear Maria Callas in roles that she did not perform in the recording studio.
This set makes use of the best available source material, which includes tapes recently discovered by Tom Volf (director of the forthcoming film Callas in her own words) in the archives of the Italian collector, Oscar Costellacci.
As a result, Callas's voice, as heard in the opera house and concert hall, can be experienced with unparalleled authenticity in all its stunning presence. While the imperfections inherent in vintage recordings of live productions have not disappeared, the majority of the performances in this collection can now be enjoyed in sound of unprecedented quality and fidelity.
Each of the 20 complete operas (CD) and the 3 Blu-ray recitals in the box set is presented in a digipak, and will also be available as an individual release, in physical and digital formats.
18 November 1952 · London, Royal Opera House
Maria Callas (Norma), Ebe Stignani (Adalgisa), Mirto Picchi (Pollione), Giacomo Vaghi (Oroveso), Joan Sutherland (Clotilde),
5 March 1955 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala
Cesare Valletti (Elvino), Maria Callas (Amina), Giuseppe Modesti (Rodolfo), Gabriella Carturan (Teresa)
27 January 1959 · New York, Carnegie Hall
Maria Callas (Imogene), Pier Miranda Ferraro (Gualtiero), Regina Sarfaty (Sarfaty), Costantino Ego (Ernesto)
10 December 1953 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala
Gino Penno (Giasone), Maria Callas (Medea), Maria Luisa Nache (Glauce), Fedora Barbieri (Neris)
Lucia di Lammermoor
29 September 1955 · Berlin, Städtische Oper
Maria Callas (Lucia), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Edgardo), Rolando Panerai (Enrico), Nicola Zaccaria (Raimondo)
14 April 1957 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala
Maria Callas (Anna Bolena), Giulietta Simionato (Giovanna), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Enrico), Gianni Raimondi (Percy)
07 December 1960 Milano, Teatro alla Scala
Franco Corelli (Poliuto), Maria Callas (Paolina), Ettore Bastianini (Severo), Nicola Zaccaria (Callistene)
08 January 1955 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala
Mario del Monaco (Andrea Chénier), Aldo Protti (Carlo Gérard), Maria Amadini (La Contessa di Coigny)
4 April 1954 Milano, Teatro alla Scala
Maria Callas (Alceste), Renato Gavarini (Admète), Paolo Silveri (Grand Prêtre d'Apollon), Rolando Panerai (Apollon)
Iphigénie en Tauride
Sung in Italian. 1 June 1957 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala
Maria Callas (Iphigénie), Francesco Albanese (Pylade)
Covent Garden, 24/01/1964
Carlo Felice Cillario, Tito Gobbi (Scarpia)
26 April 1952 · Firenze, Comunale
Maria Callas (Armida), Francesco Albanese (Rinaldo), Mario Filippeschi (Gernando), Gianni Raimondi (Eustazio)
7 December 1954 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala
Franco Corelli (Licinius), Maria Callas (Giulia), Ebe Stignani (Gran Vestale), Enzo Sordello (Cinna)
20 December 1949 Napoli, Teatro San Carlo
Gino Bechi (Nabucco), Maria Callas (Abigaille), Amalia Pini (Fenena), Gino Sinimberghi (Ismaele)
I Vespri Siciliani
26 May 1951 · Firenze, Comunale
Giórgios Kokoliós-Bardi (Arrigo), Maria Callas (La Duchessa Elena), Enzo Mascherini (Guido di Montforte), Boris Christoff (Giovanni da Procida), Mario Frosini (Il Conte Vaudemont)
3 July 1951 Mexico, Palacio de Bellas Artes
Maria Callas (Aida), Mario del Monaco (Radamès), Oralia Domínguez (Amneris), Giuseppe Taddei (Amonasro)
17 June 1952 · México, Palacio de Bellas Artes
Giuseppe di Stefano (Duca di Mantova), Maria Callas (Gilda), Piero Campolonghi (Rigoletto), Ignacio Ruffino (Sparafucile)
7 December 1952 Milano, Teatro alla Scala
Enzo Mascherini (Macbeth), Maria Callas (Lady Macbeth), Italo Tajo (Banco), Gino Penno (Macduff)
27 March 1958 · Lisboa, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos
Maria Callas (Violetta), Alfredo Kraus (Alfredo), Mario Sereni (Germont), Laura Zannini (Flora)
Sung in Italian. 20-21 November 1950 · Rome, Auditorium della Rai
Rolando Panerai (Amfortas), Africo Baldelli (Parsifal), Maria Callas (Kundry), Boris Christoff (Gurnemanz)