MARIA CALLAS (SO­PRANO) GAE­TANO DONIZETTI (COM­POSER) Lu­cia di Lam­mer­moor

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - MUSIC - PA­TRI­CIA KELLY

(Warner Clas­sics)

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.

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