Vincenzo Bellini – I Puritani – Maria Callas, Orch del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin (1953/2014) [HRA 24-96]

Vincenzo Bellini – I Puritani – Maria Callas, Orch del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin (1953/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:22:05 minutes | 1,35 GB | Genre: Classical, Opera
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Recorded: 24–30.III.1953, Basilica di Sant’Eufemia, Milan

In August 1947 Maria Callas, newly arrived back in Europe from an abortive search for roles in America, secured the role of Gioconda at the Verona Arena and met the second great musical influence on her life, the opera’s conductor Tullio Serafin. With Serafin, Callas went on at first to sing Turandot, Aida, Brünnhilde and Isolde (the last two in Italian).

Serafin was a passionate Wagnerian but he had other ideas for his protégée. In the 20th century up until then the bel canto roles of Donizetti, Bellini or Rossini had been taken generally by light coloratura voices like that of Elvira de Hidalgo, Callas’s teacher in Athens. Revivals of the operas thus became showcases for vocal agility rather than serious music drama. Callas, thought Serafin, could bring to these works a heavier voice that took all their agilitá in its stride while imbuing them with dramatic credibility.

Callas first studied Norma with Serafin (making her debut in the role at Florence in November 1948). Then, the following January at Venice’s La Fenice, the conductor persuaded her to learn and take over Elvira in I puritani at just three days’ notice after her last Brünnhilde of the season. Callas’s success in two such disparate roles yielded comparisons with legendary singers of an earlier generation like Lilli Lehmann.

It led Callas personally, and the repertoire in general, to a new focus on roles that had been written as vehicles not only for singers with exceptional vocal capabilities but for dedicated and effective actresses. In bel canto roles like Bellini’s Norma, Amina and Elvira or Donizetti’s Lucia and Anna Bolena Callas went on to uncover their sheer drama. This was the very quality (representation of character being at least as important as singing) that, at the expense of more accomplished vocalists, Bellini sought while insisting on Giuditta Pasta as Norma or, for that matter, Puccini when casting Hariclea Darclée as his first Tosca because of her beauty.

Tracklist:
Vincenzo Bellini 1801–1835
I puritani
Opera in three acts · Libretto: Carlo Pepoli
1 Preludio (Orchestra) 3.37
ACT ONE
Scene One
2 All’erta! All’erta! (Bruno/Coro) 4.29
3 O di Cromvel guerrieri (Bruno/Elvira/Arturo/Riccardo/Giorgio/Coro) 3.30
4 A festa! (Coro) 2.26
5 Or dove fuggo io mai? (Riccardo/Bruno) 2.54
6 Ah! per sempre io ti perdei (Riccardo) 3.07
7 T’appellan le schiere…Bel sogno beato di pace e contento (Bruno/Riccardo) 1.57
Scene Two
8 O amato zio, o mio secondo padre! 2.19
9 Sai com’arde in petto mio (Elvira/Giorgio) 6.56
10 Odi…Qual suon si desta? (Elvira/Giorgio/Coro) 2.47
Scene Three
11 Ad Arturo onore (Coro) 2.29
12 A te, o cara, amor talora (Arturo/Elvira/Giorgio/Valton/Coro) 6.29
13 Il rito augusto si compia senza me (Valton/Enrichetta/Arturo/Coro) 1.57
14 Com’io, vi unisca (Valton/Enrichetta/Arturo) 4.22
15 Son vergin vezzosa (Elvira/Enrichetta/Arturo/Giorgio/Valton/Coro) 3.34
16 Sulla virginea testa (Enrichetta/Arturo) 0.42
17 Ferma. Invan rapir pretendi (Riccardo/Arturo/Enrichetta/Coro) 4.30
18 È già al ponte – passa il forte (Riccardo/Elvira/Giorgio/Valton/Coro/Bruno) 3.44
19 Ah vieni al tempio – fedele Arturo (Elvira/Bruno/Coro/Riccardo/Giorgio) 4.58
20 Ma tu già mi fuggi? (Elvira/Bruno/Riccardo/Giorgio/Coro) 2.05
ACT TWO
21 Ah…dolor! Ah, terror! (Coro) 5.34
22 Qual novella? 3.00
23 Cinta di fiori e col bel crin disciolto (Coro/Giorgio) 4.14
24 E di morte lo stral non sarà lento (Riccardo/Giorgio/Coro) 3.02
25 O rendetemi la speme…Qui la voce sua soave mi chiamava 10.01
(Elvira/Giorgio/Riccardo)
26 Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna! (Elvira) 2.50
27 Il rival salvar tu dêi 4.45
28 Se tra il buio un fantasma vedrai 2.26
29 Riccardo! Riccardo! 2.07
30 Suoni la tromba (Giorgio/Riccardo) 3.21
ACT THREE
31 Son salvo, alfin son salvo (Arturo) 4.36
32 A una fonte afflitto e solo (Elvira/Arturo) 2.34
33 Qual suon! Alcun s’appressa (Arturo/Coro) 2.06
34 Son già lontani! (Arturo) 3.15
35 Finì…me lassa! 3.05
36 Ch’ei provò lontan da me? 3.09
37 Vieni fra queste braccia (Elvira/Arturo) 2.43
38 Alto là! Fedel drappello (Coro/Arturo/Elvira/Riccardo/Giorgio) 1.11
39 Cavalier, ti colse il Dio (Riccardo/Giorgio/Coro/Elvira) 2.09
40 Credeasi, misera! 5.31
41 Suon d’araldi? (Arturo/Elvira/Riccardo/Giorgio/Coro) 1.19

Personnel:
Elvira – Maria Callas
Arturo – Giuseppe Di Stefano
Riccardo – Rolando Panerai
Giorgio – Nicola Rossi-lemeni
Bruno – Angelo Mercuriali
Gualtiero Valton – Carlo Forti
Enrichetta – Aurora Cattelani
Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Chorus master: Vittore Veneziani
Tullio Serafin, conductor

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