Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Giuseppe Verdi, Erich Kleiber, Maria Callas|
Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani
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Callas debut-role at La Scala
Emma de Soleil | On a holiday In Ibiza, then back to the UK for stu | 05/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When the "Lord of the Scala", Ghiringelli, heard Callas as Elena in "I vespri siciliani" he offered her the prima of the season at La Scala, as ELENA. Not a certain "success" like Traviata or Rigoletto this opera must be cast perfectly to succeed. The part of Elena requires a true assoluta, since she has not only most dramatic spinto-parts to sing but a much oranmented "Bolero", the aria we all know. This is a live-recording made in Callas' prime. Sadly it's not the ultimate Vespri because Kokolios isn't the best Arrigo, but it is a must hear for every operalover. Mascherini, who would be Callas' Macbeth only a year later, sounds VERY well. Kleiber conducts BRILLIANTLY. An awesome live-recording."