Maria Callas ‐ Gone Now For Forty Years Today

September 16, 2017, 4:30 pm

Maria Callas

Gone but hardly forgotten after four decades, La Divina is heard in arias that recall her unique artistry. Besides La Vestale, Norma, and Tosca, we hear Callas accompanying herself in her final recording, “Ah, Perfido!” by Beethoven.

Music

Spontini: La Vestale, “O Nume Tutelar”
Maria Callas with the Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
Recorded in Milan in 1955
EMI 7243 5 66457 2 1

Bellini: Norma, “Casta Diva”
Maria Callas with the Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
Recorded in Milan in 1961
EMI CDM 7 63182 2

Puccini: Tosca “Mario! Mario! Mario!”
Maria Callas and Carlo Bergonzi with the Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire Conducted by Georges Pretre
Recorded in Paris in 1965
EMI 7243 5 66666 2

Beethoven: “Ah, Perfido!”
Maria Callas, self‐accompanied
Recorded in Paris 1976
CALA GL 320