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Verdi: La Traviata (Complete opera); Maria Callas; Alfredo Kraus
Alfredo Kraus, Mario Sereni, Laura Zanini
Verdi: La Traviata (Complete opera); Maria Callas; Alfredo Kraus
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (24) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (20) - Disc #2


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The best all-around Callas Traviata
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This live Lisbon performance was originally released in 1980; it was EMI's way of finally getting a Callas Traviata into their catalogues (there was never an EMI studio recording of the Callas Traviata). Now remastered, and in the new Callas Edition, the sound has been greatly improved, which is very fortunate, since this Traviata is quite good. Callas, a few strident top notes aside, is in great shape. Her final scene is enough to remind people why Callas was Callas. Alfredo Kraus, at the beginning of his career, sounds teriffic, and Mario Sereni is a certainly acceptable Germont. The conducting is not outstanding, but it suffices. The important thing here is that Callas' Violetta is here enshrined in a way that it can be heard and appreciated, in acceptable sound."
This recording started my love for opera
The Cultural Observer | 07/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the first opera recording I ever owned, and now the number of complete opera recordings I own totals over 100. After hearing and treasuring this recording, I bought every Maria Callas opera recording I could. With each recording I listened carefully and followed along with the libretto. The stories came alive for me mostly due to the passion and the expression I could hear in these Callas performances. Now, over 10 years later and having enjoyed many live opera seasons in San Francisco, I can look back at this recording with fondness. It opened a whole new world for me."
Listen to Act IV!
The Cultural Observer | 01/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"How she manages to convey Violetta's illness and despair by using vocal colours only... You can hear sobs from the audience... Simply gorgeous and beautiful! Also, in act III, the "Alfredo, Alfredo" using floating pianissimi... The most outstanding Violetta! But there are other great Traviatas too: The studio-rec with Moffo + the one with Sills."