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Donizetti: Anna Bolena (complete opera live 1957) with Maria Callas, Gianni Raimondi, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala, Milan
Gaetano Donizetti, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Maria Callas
Donizetti: Anna Bolena (complete opera live 1957) with Maria Callas, Gianni Raimondi, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala, Milan
Genre: Classical
 
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CALLAS' GREATEST LA SCALA REVIVAL
03/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The historical setting of the confllict between King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn provided Donizetti with his "Anna Bolena", and Maria Callas with one of her greatest roles. This is still another opera that Callas should have recorded in the studio, but since she didn't, we are lucky to have this live 1957 La Scala broadcast of the famous revival. The sound isn't great, but it's much better than many other performances of this genre. Callas is in as good vocal form as she could be expected to be in 1957, in other words, very good indeed. She plays the martyred and injured queen for all she's worth, and the effect is riveting. Callas was also fortunate in having at her side the great Italian mezzo Gulietta Simionato, who, as Jane Seymour, her rival for the affections of Henry, sings magnificently, matching Callas note for note in the great duet in Act II.Simionato also does some very wonderful singing on her own. Nicola Rossi-Lemeni is a menacing Henry and Gianni Raimondi is a lyrical Percy, Anna's great friend and confidante. Gavazzeni's conducting is taut and appropriate intense. It is fortunate that EMI issued this performance on its Callas Edition series. The performance, by the way, is somewhat cut down to essentials, which was in keeping with the performance standards of the time. Very strongly recommended."
WOW! And this from a Gruberova-Fan!
DivinaEdita | 01/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I never thought ANYONE could surpass my beloved Edita as Anna Bolena (I heard her live) but this just DID IT! I do prefer Gruberova in several roles but Callas OWNS Anna Bolena now. The best performance imaginable with a fantastic cast and a brilliant conductor! BRAVA!"
Reviving a rarity - Callas ultimate La Scala triumph
Elliana | 01/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A critic once called this his desert island recording. I'd like to repeat that. Even though it was already in the late fifties (Her 1956 Lucia wasn't very good, the 1955 was much better) here Callas had a top night. No wobbles, no screamed high notes and she is simply on fire. The problem here are the cuts and that is why my Nr. 1 Anna Bolena recording is the Sills-recording (Whose intensity was equally stunning) but I also LOVE this one. Callas sounds so beautiful in the duet with Giovanna... (The EXCELLENT Simionato) and her "Al dolce guidami" is dulcet indeed. I wonder why Gianni Raimondi never got more famous. He's an AMAZING Percy. The sound is pretty good for its time... IMHO no opera-collection is complete without it. (And the Sills-rec)"