Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto – Maria Callas

Maria Callas - Verdi: Rigoletto (1956/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Verdi: Rigoletto (1956) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 118:04 minutes | 1,23 GB
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Callas only sang Gilda in Rigoletto in one run of performances, in Mexico City in 1952, and she recorded the role three years later. She moves beyond the girlish tone and sparkling coloratura of the character's first scenes to create a figure of tragic stature as events unfold. 'Once heard, this rendering is never likely to be forgotten,' was Gramophone's judgement on her interpretation, and the same could apply to Tito Gobbi's, embodying every aspect of the accursed court jester.
Maria Callas - Puccini: La Boheme (1958/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Puccini: La Bohème (1958) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 105:55 minutes | 1,11 GB
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Callas never sang the role of Mimì on stage, but this did not prevent her recorded interpretation from being, as described by Philip Hope-Wallacein Gramophone, 'brilliantly realised… This Mimì comes alive and later haunts you in the most extraordinary way … one of the most moving I have ever heard.' Giuseppe di Stefano is anardent Rodolfo and the young Anna Moffomakes a delectable Musetta.
Maria Callas - Puccini: Tosca (1953/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Puccini: Tosca (1953) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 108:55 minutes | 1,12 GB
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This Tosca, made in 1953 with the forces of La Scala, is a landmark in recording history.Conducted with searing intensity by Victor de Sabata, it teams Callas with two of her closest colleagues, the tenor Giuseppe di Stefano and the baritone Tito Gobbi - a performer who could rival Callas in dramatic finesse and power. Tosca's aria 'Vissi d'arte' (I lived for art) has come to be seen as Callas's personal manifesto.
Maria Callas - Bellini: La Sonnambula (1957/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Bellini: La Sonnambula (1957) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 120:56 minutes | 1,26 GB
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Like Lucia di Lammermoor and Elvira (I puritani), Amina, the gentle heroine of La sonnambula,was a role that had become associated with light-voiced coloratura sopranos. Callas brought both a new substance and subtlety to the role when Luchino Visconti staged it for her at La Scala in 1955. This recording was made two years later, when the production was revived.
Maria Callas - Mascagani: Cavalleria Rusticana (1953/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Mascagani: Cavalleria Rusticana (1953) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 78:00 minutes | 684 MB
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In 1939, as a 15-year-old student in Athens, Maria Callas made her stage debut in the demanding role of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana. Five years later she sang it professionally with the Greek National Opera Company. In 1953, when she was already a star - shortly to record Tosca - Tullio Serafin enlisted her as the last-minute replacement for an indisposed colleague at the sessions for Mascagni's one-acter at La Scala. The result was a recording in which full-blooded verismo was raised to new interpretative heights.
Maria Callas - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor (1954) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 110:24 minutes | 1,13 GB
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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, 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'.
Maria Callas - Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci (1955/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci (1955) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:49 minutes | 754 MB
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The role of Nedda in Leoncavallo's verismo classic never entered Callas's stage repertoire, and so her recording made with the forces of La Scala, Milan, between 12 and 1 7 June 1954 represents one of her explorations of an opera made purely within the confines of the studio, rather than developing over a period on the stage. But as in all such cases - this was the first time she recorded a role she had not previously sung - Callas's desire to explore it to the fullest remains paramount. There is a complete identification between singer and character, down to the smallest detail, that make her Nedda an unusually complex creation that grows throughout the opera as she responds to its desperate emotional thrills and spills.
Maria Callas - La Renaissance d'une Voix (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - La Renaissance d'une Voix (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 213:49 minutes | 3,33 GB
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Maria Callas - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (1957/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (1957) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 131:22 minutes | 1,36 GB
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Callas’s first stage appearances in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera came at La Scala in 1957, a year in which Milan also saw her in La sonnambula and Anna Bolena. As in this recording, made the year before, she shared Verdi’s most spectacular soprano-tenor duet (in Act II) with Giuseppe di Stefano. This was the last time Callas and Di Stefano appeared together in opera, though they reunited in the 1970s to direct I vespri siciliani in Turin and to give a series of joint concerts in Europe, the USA, Canada,South Korea and Japan. Gramophone judged this recording of Ballo to be ‘one of Callas’s most compelling assumptions’.
The Greatest Years of Maria Callas - Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (2CD, 1997)

The Greatest Years of Maria Callas - Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (2CD, 1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image & cue & log) | tracks: 10 | ~ 569 Mb | 2:10:17 | Full Scans
Label: Sakkaris Records | Genre: Classical, opera

From the series "The Greatest Years of Maria Callas" a live recording of 17 June 1952 of the famous Verdi's opera, from the National Opera of Mexico City, under the direction of Umberto Mugnai. The performance unfolds in four Acts and the total duration is 2:10:17. Together with the ripped CDs you will find scanned a 40p booklet with the complete Libretto.