MARIA CALLAS (SOPRANO) GAETANO DONIZETTI (COMPOSER) Lucia di Lammermoor
This Lucia di Lammermoor CD cannot be taken in the isolation of its 1953 recording in Florence with Maria Callas as the tragic heroine of the opera adapted from Walter Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor. Its power and passion resonate from this Lucia recording and performances by which Callas brought fame to Gaetano Donizetti’s operatic setting of the Scottish tale. They pass to Australian soprano Joan Sutherland, with Callas on hand to congratulate her, and in our own day to young English-born Queensland soprano Jessica Pratt. Callas reigns supreme, the “Diva Assoluta”. Her “mad scene” in this Lucia recording with Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi and Tullio Serafin directing
Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra and Chorus, and her command of the aria Mother You Know the Story in the companion CD of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, are rare treasures.