Maria Callas

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Verdi: La Traviata
Maria Callas / Cesare Valletti / Mario Zanasi / Marie Collier
Forbes Robinson / Ronald Lewis / David Kelly
Royal Opera House Orchestra & Chorus / Nicola Rescigno, conductor
(Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 20 June 1958)

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Peter Heyworth in the Observer commented, ‘it was a performance of outstanding distinction and musicality, full of details that illuminated again and again the part as though for the first time’. Opera News said, ‘there must have been many Verdi lovers who felt at last that they had come face to face with Violetta herself…’ John Ardoin praised the conductor Nicola Rescigno who ‘brings sanity and song to the performance and was remarkably one with Callas in the ends she sought’. This 1958 recording broadcast live by the BBC’s Home Service has been remastered by Paul Baily using the ICA’s Ambient Mastering process, which has enhanced and widened the sound considerably.

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