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Maria Callas was born Maria Anna Sophia Cecilia Kalogeropoulou in New York on 2 December 1923 to Greek immigrant parents Evangelia and George Kalogeropoulos. In 1937 Evangelia separated from her husband and returned with her two daughters Maria and Jackie to Greece, where she intended to give them the musical education she could not afford in America. Maria began her vocal studies with the ... Read more in Amazon's Maria Callas Store

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  • Orchestra: Milan La Scala Orchestra
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
  • Audio CD (1 Sep 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0000AF1N5
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Norma - Sinfonia
2. Introduzione (Andante grave) ite sul colle, o Druidi
3. Dell'aura Tua Profetica
4. Svanir Le Voci!
5. Meco all'altar de Venere
6. Odi! I suio riti a compiere
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Allegro agitato... Vanne, e li cela entrambi
2. Adalgisa!
3. Oh, rimbembranza!
4. Ah si, fa core, abbracciami
5. Ma di: L'amato giovane
6. Oh, di qual sei tu, vittima
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Disc: 3
1. Introduzione
2. Dormono entrambi!
3. Ola! Clotilde!
4. Mi Chiami, O Norma?
5. Deh! Con Te, Con Te Li Prendi
6. Mira, O Norma
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
I am a great admirer of Callas - what sane lover of voice and opera isn't? - which is precisely why I cannot understand giving this "Norma" five stars when there is competition of far greater quality - provided by Callas herself in her other recordings. No other artist, including Sutherland or Caballe, can touch her interpretation but if you want to hear her worthily partnered, go to either of the live 1955 mono recordings with Del Monaco as Pollione (conducted by Serafin or Votto, in listenable, but limited, sound) or the 1960 stereo version with Corelli, Ludwig and - for the third time - Zaccaria. Callas' voice had not so much deteriorated by that time, apart from a few flapping top notes, and there are huge compensations in the delicacy of her characterisation, the quality of her partners and the good studio sound. (The decline in Callas' voice was not a linear process as her later recordings of "Gioconda" and the 1960 "Norma" testify.) Regarding this 1954 performance, in truth, that great artist Ebe Stignani was too mature for Adalgisa by this stage of her career, Filippeschi is very ordinary and blaring as Pollione and Rossi-Lemeni is his usual gruff, gritty self, unsteady of line compared with the smooth production of Zaccaria. No; go for any of the other three recordings I suggest before this one - though I readily admit that if no others were available, I'd probably be happy with it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Comparing the incomparable 26 Feb 2013
By grant18 - Published on Amazon.com
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Sutherland fans, please hold your temper, but I prefer Callas' masterly performance as Norma. The emotional depth she provides is unmatched in my admittedly limited experience listening to Norma. Perhaps it's plot might be considered trite but having seen it at the Met, heard a Sutherland recording & now experiencing Callas, I rate this one as so filled with the pathos of a forsaken woman finally honored by her life partner that I must call it the best. And, by the way, Tullio Serafin's conducting is a big plus too (Richard Bonynge fans will also please hold their temper).
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