Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
Label: Warner Classics
Composed by: Rossini, Gioachino
CALLAS REMASTERED: The Complete Studio Recordings: Maria Callas’s complete discography (for the first time joining her EMI Classics and Warner Classics recordings), painstakingly re-mastered using the original tapes, includes a deluxe complete box set of her complete opera and recital recordings, individual recordings, a compilation and two vinyl releases. As she demonstrated in both Il barbiere diSiviglia and Il turco in Italia, Callas, the great tragedienne, could also turn her skills to comedy. As it happened, the 1956 La Scala production of Rossini’s most popular opera did not prove a great success with audiences, but its stars – Callas, Tito Gobbi and Luigi Alva –reassembled in London the following year for this recording. Callas sang the role of Rosina at its original mezzo-soprano pitch and her versionof ‘Una voce poco fa’ – punctuated by an unforgettable ‘ma’ (‘but’) in the cabaletta – is a miracle of both elegance and wit.