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Norma by Vincenzo Bellini

Maria Callas (Soprano),
Paolo Caroli (Tenor),
Rina Cavallari (Mezzo Soprano),
Ebe Stignani (Soprano),
Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass),
Mario Filippeschi (Tenor)

Conductor: Tullio Serafin

Orchestra/Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus

This historic 1954 recording of Bellini's opera 'Norma' is re-issued here with a new cover design. The legendary soprano Maria Callas is joined by a cast that includes Mario Filippeschi, Ebe Stignani, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni and Paulo Caroli. The Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala, Milan is conducted by Tulio Serafin.

" Archi sumptuous, essential, perhaps unsurpassable beauty, this recording (as all those made by the Callas of this sublime opera Bellini, a real nightmare for sopranos) is an absolute marvel. The greatest moment is obviously this "casta diva" of a terrifying beauty, which will belong forever to Maria Callas. Magic moment, of extreme rarity, moment of absolute happiness, this "casta diva" that I can not, I believe, never listen to by another singer than the Callas. Masterpiece of masterpieces, wonder wonders, quite different for example from excerpts of Norma, also published on Emi Classics, still recorded with the orchestra of Scala and Tullio Serafin in 1960, in which the voice of the greatest classical singer of all time has somewhat changed with age (but equally essential records).

Do not be put off by the date of the recording (1954) .It is certainly not high fidelity, but the quality is absolutely perfect for the era.Quant to the voice of Callas, it crushes all its Sisters just like Billie Holiday crushed all the jazz singers. It's just beautiful, assomant of beauty, absolutely essential. " Amazon France review

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