Maria Callas was one of the most renowned opera singers of the twentieth century. Hailed as La Divina, and described by Bernstein as ‘The Bible of opera’, her influence was so enduring that, in 2006, Opera News wrote of her: ‘Nearly thirty years after her death, she’s still the definition of the diva as an artist – and still one of classical music’s best-selling vocalists.’
Callas first performed Cherubini’s Medea in 1953 and continued to perform the role throughout the 1950s and 1960s. This performance on 30 June 1959 at the Royal Opera House received rave reviews: ‘Callas builds her performance into one powerful line of increasing tension. It is the kind of performance which spoils one for anything less from the opera stage.’(George Mayer, American Record Guide).
Supported by a strong cast of Jon Vickers, Fiorenza Cossotto and Nicola Zaccaria, ICA Classics’ careful remastering and excellent sound sets this recording apart from all other versions of the opera.