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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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  • Audio CD (2 Aug. 2004)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0002IJ91G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. H. Murray on 31 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have always considered the Trovatore Leonora to be one of Callas's very greatest roles. Here , less obscured by her undoubted dramatic gifts, we can enjoy the pure musicality of her singing. The timbre is perfect for Leonora - dark, plangent & (apart form at the very top of her register)surpassingly beautiful. The role displays her perfect legato, incredible breath control & accurate coloratura. She also has a wonderful understanding of just how to phrase a Verdian cadenza, quite different from anything she would do in Bellini or Donizetti. You only have to hear her first few phrases to know that this Leonora is an aristocrat. This is where I find Leontyne Price lacking. With undeniably the right sound for the role, she often mars her singing with sketchy coloratura & unmusical cadenzas. Added to Callas, the rest of the cast is just about as perfect as was possible at the time & a good deal better than anything we could manage today. True, Di Stefano lacks the requisite weight, but he sings with such face, it is readily forgiven. Panerai, Barbieri & Zaccaria could hardly be bettered & Karajan was at this time was the perfect conductor for the project. He conducts with great style & dash, while at no time apologising for the occasional vulgarities in the score. More modern recordings are uncut & here we have the cuts traditional at the time, but at least we get one verse of Leonora's cabaletta "tu vedai". The sound has also been remarkably well freshened up in it's present transfer. Unless you really have to have modern stereo digital sound, buy it. And, even if you have another recording, acquire this as well. You won't regret it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of the all time finest opera performances IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF OPERA. As others have said everything works together perfectly. This is Callas' best interpretation and performance in her entire opera production. Panerai is magnificent as well. Karajan goes beyond his own limits and achieves an eternal living essence in music. This must be part of every opera collection. A desert island recording. The sound remastering is excellent and the overall sound is brilliant and sparkling. A MUST!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. M. Kirby on 30 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
`Great recordings of the century' proclaims the cover of EMIs recording of Verdi's Il Trovatore and they're not far wrong, either. Herbert von Karajan conducts the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano with considerable gusto, Maria Callas gives a magnificent performance (but in fairness, when has she not?) in the role of the doomed Leonora and Giuseppe di Stefano is terrific as the eponymous troubadour, Manrico.

Exceptional value and highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By johnny o. andersen on 11 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
'She sang and acted everyone off the stage' (The Times Critic, Covent Garden 1953)is still valid concerning this opera on disc.
Be prepared if you already have other versions of Il Trovatore in your home collection that the Callas 'Leonora' is going to take over completely simply because we are facing maybe the most magnificent vocal portrait of hers - together with her Butterfly, Tosca, Norma and Lucia.
And, besides Karajan is making a perfect frame to that 'Leonora' termed by Jussi Björling as the 'Leonora perfection': 'I have heard it sung often but never was there a better one'
Callas is uncovering simply all the notes and potentials in Verdi's music handling over to us a 'Leonora' - quite as her 'Butterfly' - once heard not to be forgotten.
Enjoy yourself!
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