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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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  • Performer: Maria Callas, Pier Miranda Ferraro, Piero Cappuccilli, Irene Companeez
  • Orchestra: Milan La Scala Chorus, Milan La Scala Orchestra
  • Conductor: Antonino Votto
  • Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli
  • Audio CD (7 Feb 1997)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Callas Edition
  • ASIN: B000002RXV
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster): PreludeOrchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Feste! Pane!Piero Cappuccilli/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: E cantan su lor tombeMaria Callas/Piero Cappuccilli/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Figlia, che reggiMaria Callas/Irene Companeez/Piero Cappuccilli/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: L'ora non giunseMaria Callas/Irene Companeez/Piero Cappuccilli/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Polso di cerro!Irene Companeez/Piero Cappuccilli/Leonardo Monreale/Renato Ercolani/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Suo covo è un tugurioMaria Callas/Fiorenza Cossotto/Irene Companeez/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Piero Cappuccilli/Leonardo Monreale/Renato Ercolani/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Anton 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Che? La plebe or qui si arrogaMaria Callas/Fiorenza Cossotto/Ivo Vinco/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Piero Cappuccilli/Renato Ercolani/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Voce di donnaMaria Callas/Fiorenza Cossotto/Irene Companeez/Ivo Vinco/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Piero Cappuccilli/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Enzo GrimaldoPier Miranda Ferraro/Piero Cappuccilli/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Oh grido di quest'animaPier Miranda Ferraro/Piero Cappuccilli/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Maledici? Sta benMaria Callas/Piero Cappuccilli/Renato Ercolani/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Oh monumento!Piero Cappuccilli/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Carneval! Baccanal!Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Angele DeiMaria Callas/Irene Companeez/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 5:59£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Ho! He!Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Pesator! Pescator! Pescator! afonda l'escaPiero Cappuccilli/Carlo Forti/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 1:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Pescator, affonda l'escaPiero Cappuccilli/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Sia gloria ai canti dei naviganti!Pier Miranda Ferraro/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Cielo e mar!Pier Miranda Ferraro/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Ma chi vien?Fiorenza Cossotto/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Piero Cappuccilli/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Laggiù nelle nebbie remoteFiorenza Cossotto/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: E il tuo nocchiereFiorenza Cossotto/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto0:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Stella del marinar!Fiorenza Cossotto/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: E un anatema!Maria Callas/Fiorenza Cossotto/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto0:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Là attesi e il tempo colsiMaria Callas/Fiorenza Cossotto/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 1:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: L'amo come il fulgor del creato!Maria Callas/Fiorenza Cossotto/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Il mio braccio t'afferra!Maria Callas/Fiorenza Cossotto/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Maledizion! Ha preso il vol!Maria Callas/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Piero Cappuccilli/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Vedi là, nel canal mortoMaria Callas/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 1: Si! morir ella de'!Ivo Vinco/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 1: Ombre di mia prosapiaIvo Vinco/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 1: Qui chiamata m'avete? .... Bella così, madonnaFiorenza Cossotto/Ivo Vinco/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 1: Morir! è troppo orribile!Fiorenza Cossotto/Ivo Vinco/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 1: La gaia canzone ... Prendi questo velenMaria Callas/Fiorenza Cossotto/Ivo Vinco/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 1: O madre mia, nell'isola fataleMaria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 2: Benvenuti, messeri!Ivo Vinco/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 2: Grazie vi rendo per le vostra laudiIvo Vinco/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 1:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 2: Prodigo! Incanto! - Dance oft he HoursCoro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 9:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 2: Vieni!... Lasciami!Maria Callas/Irene Companeez/Ivo Vinco/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Piero Cappuccilli/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act III, Scene 2: Già ti veggoMaria Callas/Irene Companeez/Ivo Vinco/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Piero Cappuccilli/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 5:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Nessun v'ha visto?Maria Callas/Carlo Forti/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 5:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. La Gioconda, Act 4: Suicidio!Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Ecco il velenMaria Callas/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Renato Ercolani/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Ridarta il sol, la vita!Maria Callas/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: O furibonda jenaMaria Callas/Fiorenza Cossotto/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Ten va serenataMaria Callas/Fiorenza Cossotto/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 1:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: La barca s'avvicinaMaria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 2:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Quest'ultimo bacioMaria Callas/Fiorenza Cossotto/Pier Miranda Ferraro/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Ora posso morirMaria Callas/Piero Cappuccilli/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. La Gioconda (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Vo farmi più gaia, più fulgida ancoraMaria Callas/Piero Cappuccilli/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Antonino Votto 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By -D- on 9 April 2002
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This is a very special recording. Callas is in excellent voice. The vocal demands of this role include an absolute requirement for a strong lower register which of course Callas had and she manages the role with ease. As mentioned elsewhere, she even praised herself concerning her singing in this recording - a rare thing indeed. But it is true, her command of the role is total. The supporting cast good, especially Cossotto who has a lovely rich tone and Cappuccilli sounds evil enough too. The sound quality of the recording is also extremely good. It is a fabulous recording.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Manilius on 25 Sep 2010
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I knew of the legend of Maria Callas, but had never heard her sing. Then I came across a clip of her singing Suicidio! from La Gioconda and felt the hair on my neck standing up. On the basis of that single aria, I bought this recording and spent many happy hours over the summer months getting to know it. She has a wonderful voice, but the opera is packed full of splendid music from the chorus and the other singers too. Being a tragedy, it all ends miserably, of course, but it's rousing stuff, and as good a place as any to begin an acquaintance with Callas.
The recording is on three discs and comes with a substantial booklet containing photographs, an introduction, a brief biography of Ponchielli, a summary of the opera and the libretto, all in English, French, German and Italian.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
CALLAS CARRIES THE SHOW 12 July 2006
By L. Mitnick - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording was done in September, 1959, when Callas was right in the middle of the marital quadrangle with Aristotle Onasis. She had just ended her marriage and was all over the front pages of the newspapers. It is amazing, that in the midst of all of this media frenzy, Callas was able to go into La Scala and record such a performance as that heard here. Callas is in thrilling vocal condition here, and she creates a vivid and compelling characterization of the tormented street singer. There are actually a few instances when her top notes are more secure than they were on her earlier 1952 recording (!) Unfortunately, Callas had to carry much of this performance by herself. Fiorenza Cossotto, certainly a great mezzo, is heard at the very beginning of her career, and the power and authority she later acquired is not very evident here, though she certainly sings well. Also, an equally youthful Piero Cappuccilli provides a somewhat non-menacing Barnaba, though the potential of his voice is certainly obvious (like Cossotto, he also went on to a great career in Europe). Ivo Vinco is a sonorous Alvise. The real weakness in this cast, however, is the tenor Pier Miranda Ferraro, who never really "made it". His singing is merely adequate, but in the company of Callas and even the very young Cossotto and Cappuccilli, it comes off as less than even that.

The stereo sound here is very good, and the sound balances are excellent. I cannot give this recording an unqualified rave (due to the weakness of the tenor, and to a lesser extent, the work of Cossotto and Cappuccilli, both for whom the best work was still in the future), but Callas' performance is so outstanding, and her singing so persuasive that it washes away all else.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A STUPENDOUS FAREWELL 4 Oct 2005
By GEORGE RANNIE - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1960, I purchased this wonderful recording on vinyl. At that time, there were those that were saying Callas was "loosing her voice." In this recording Maria certainly refuted that opinion. Maria was in spectacular voice for this recording of "La Giaconda" sounding as if she had not done the huge amount of very "heavy-duty" singing she had done during the decade preceding this recording in order to establish herself as the leading Prima Donna of the age (as it turns out, of all ages). Along with being in astoundly "good voice" for this recording, her interpretive skills are at their peak! She makes the heroine a living, breathing creature NOT just an "operatic heroine". Therefore, I, in my youth, could not understand why some individuals thought that Maria Callas' art (voice) was deteriorating. Sadly, I lived through Maria's "crash and burn"-always hoping "for the miracle" that never came. Anyway this is a fantastic recording capturing "La Divina" at her very best. Perhaps this recording does indeed give credence to the saying "Before the candle flickers out, it flares for one more magnificent moment" as was so succulently phrased by a previous reviewer. Maria is truly magnificent in this recording.

After so many years, it is most moving, for me, to return to this recording in this wonderful format. EMI has done a spectacular job of restoring and/or enhancing this glorious recording. This time around, I'm just not overwhelmed with Callas alone (as previously); Cossoto and Cappuccilli are spectacular with Votto conducting the hell out of the score. Once again, this recording has "moved" me down to my soul. In retrospect along with the knowledge of what happened in the years that followed this recording, I find this recording to be one of the most emotionally moving experiences of my life.
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
The final great recording. 21 July 1999
By Boz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An old saying goes,"Before the candle flickers out, it flares for one more magnificent moment". This is Callas' last great moment, and it it truly magnificent. Incandescent, searing, and unforgettable. A must-have recording.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Flawless Gioconda by a tormented artist 29 Oct 2004
By Ramona - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
La Gioconda was Callas' debut in Italy, back in 1947 in Verona with the then unknown Richard Tucker. It was then and there that Tullio Serafin, this greatest of all "Singer's conductors" saw the great gift behind the shy and young Maria Callas. He invited her to do thr great Wagner-roles with him in Italy and they once performed a miracle, namely that Callas sang the Wagner-Brünnhilde (Walkuere) and Elvira (I Puritani!) in the same week. It was unheard of, impossible... Yet she made it possible. Now what about La Gioconda? I remember listening to Rosa Ponselle's "Suicido" and thinking: What a voice! What an artist! (Ponselle was, in Callas' opinion, the greatest of them all!) Then I heard Callas singing the same lines with those incredible chest-notes where she sounds like a natural contralto! THEN I realised all this was about suicide, about love! Listen to her in the final act, Callas said that anyone who wanted to know what she was about should listen to this. I did. And my heart bled. Not because she wasn't wonderful but because this voice which so many had called ugly was so hauntingly beautiful. There are but a few things that I know to be true but if there's one thing I DO know is that Callas will be worshipped by generations to come.

As for Renata Scotto as Gioconda, pointed out by a horrible basher from California: Scotto becan as a light lyric, listen to her in "La Straniera" for example. Her Gilda, Lucia and Amina are as gorgeous as can be. As far as the drama goes her Adriana, Violetta, Butterfly, Desdemona, Maddalena and Tosca are great. Yet, there's something that Tebaldi disliked about her tackling roles that only spintos and dramatic sopranos can do justice to, these being Elisabetta, Gioconda, Lady Macbeth etc. Not to say that all these aren't amazing but while Callas was a "natural" in these, Scotto had to fight and strain herself to sing these roles. Yet, I love this woman in anything she does and seeing her live as Fedora was a great night, just to give you one example. Scotto called Callas her "unequalled role-model" quoting the fabulous Leonie Rysanek who said the same and who was a divine Gioconda herself.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Great Gioconda and a deaf fan from S.F. ! ! ! 20 Nov 1999
By P. Emilio Rossi - Published on Amazon.com
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Callas, was the first and more splendid Gioconda. The role of Gioconda needs a great low notes, colorature for the last act, and great expression. In Callas all this requisites are completed. Nobody other soprano sing this role as Callas. I am really surprised for the fan of San Francisco. He is deaf ! ! ! All the passion and tragedy are insuperables with Callas. The Gioconda was not a great role of Renata Scotto (Great Lucia and Butterfly). All the musical critics in the world recognize this interpretation as the most complete. The Caballe and Milanov (great voices) had very weak low notes and low expressivity.The other singers of the cast are very suitables (in special mode Cossotto and Cappucilli). The only disaster here is the fan of San Francisco ! ! !
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