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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: Tito Gobbi, Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Nicola Zaccaria
  • Orchestra: Milan La Scala Chorus, Milan La Scala Orchestra
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (7 Feb. 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Callas Edition
  • ASIN: B000002RY6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Rigoletto, Act I: Preludio (Orchestra)Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 1: Della mia bella incognita borghese (Duca/Borsa)Giuseppe di Stefano/Renato Ercolani/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 1: Questa o quella (Duca)Giuseppe di Stefano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 1: Partite? Crudele! (Duca/Contessa Ceprano)Giuseppe di Stefano/Elvira Galassi/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 1: In testa che avete (Rigoletto/Borsa/Coro)Tito Gobbi/Renato Ercolani/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin0:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 1: Gran nuova! gran nuova! (Marullo/Borsa/Coro/Duca/Ceprano/Rigoletto)William Dickie/Renato Ercolani/Giuseppe di Stefano/Carlo Forti/Tito Gobbi/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 1: Ch'io gli parli (Monterone/Duca/Borsa/Rigoletto/Marullo/Ceprano/Coro)Plinio Clabassi/Giuseppe di Stefano/Renato Ercolani/Tito Gobbi/William Dickie/Carlo Forti/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 1: O tu che la feste audace (Duca/Borsa/Rigoletto/Marullo/Ceprano/Coro)Plinio Clabassi/Giuseppe di Stefano/Renato Ercolani/Tito Gobbi/William Dickie/Carlo Forti/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 2: Quel vecchio maledivami (Rigoletto/Sparafucile)Tito Gobbi/Nicola Zaccaria/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 2: Pari siamo! (Rigoletto)Tito Gobbi/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 2: Figlia!...Mio padre! (Rigoletto/Gilda)Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 6:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 2: Ah! veglia, o donna (Rigoletto/Gilda)Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 5:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 2: Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi (Gilda/Giovanna/Duca)Maria Callas/Giuse Gerbino/Giuseppe di Stefano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Rigoletto (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: E il sol dell'anima (Duca/Gilda/Ceprano/Borsa/Giovanna)Giuseppe di Stefano/Maria Callas/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 2: Addio, speranza ed anima (Duca/Gilda)Giuseppe di Stefano/Maria Callas/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin0:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Rigoletto (1997 - Remaster), Act I, Scene 2: Gualtier Maldè ...Caro nome (Gilda/Borsa/Ceprano/Marullo)Maria Callas/Renato Ercolani/Carlo Forti/William Dickie/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 7:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 2: Riedo!...perche? ...Silenzio! (Rigoletto/Borsa/Ceprano/Marullo)Tito Gobbi/Renato Ercolani/Carlo Forti/William Dickie/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 2: Zitti, zitti, moviamo a vendetta (Borsa/Marullo/Ceprano/Coro)Renato Ercolani/William Dickie/Carlo Forti/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Rigoletto, Act I, Scene 2: Soccorso, padre mio! (Gilda/Borsa/Marullo/Ceprano/Coro/Rigoletto)Maria Callas/Renato Ercolani/William Dickie/Carlo Forti/Tito Gobbi/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:21£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Rigoletto, Act II: Ella mi fu rapita! (Duca)Giuseppe di Stefano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rigoletto, Act II: Parmi veder le lagrime (Duca)Giuseppe di Stefano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rigoletto, Act II: Duca, Duca! .... Ebben? (Borsa/Marullo/Ceprano/Coro/Duca)Renato Ercolani/William Dickie/Carlo Forti/Giuseppe di Stefano/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Rigoletto, Act II: Povero Rigoletto! (Marullo/Rigoletto/Coro/Borsa/Ceprano/Un paggio)Tito Gobbi/William Dickie/Renato Ercolani/Carlo Forti/Luisa Mandelli/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rigoletto, Act II: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Rigoletto)Tito Gobbi/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rigoletto, Act II: Mio padre!...Dio! mia Gilda! (Gilda/Rigoletto)Maria Callas/Tito Gobbi/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rigoletto, Act II: Tutte le feste al tempio (Rigoletto/Gilda)Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 7:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rigoletto, Act II: Compiuto pur quanto (Rigoletto/Gilda/Usciere/Monterone)Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Vittorio Tatozzi/Plinio Clabassi/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rigoletto, Act II: Sì, vendetta, tremenda vendetta (Rigoletto/Gilda)Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rigoletto, Act III: E l'ami? (Rigoletto/Gilda/Duca/Sparafucile)Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Nicola Zaccaria/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Rigoletto, Act III: La donna è mobile (Duca/Sparafucile/Rigoletto)Giuseppe Di Stefano/Nicola Zaccaria/Tito Gobbi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Rigoletto, Act III: Un dì, se ben rammentomi (Duca/Gilda/Maddalena/Rigoletto)Giuseppe Di Stefano/Maria Callas/Adriana Lazzarini/Tito Gobbi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Rigoletto, Act III: Bella figlia dell'amore (Duca/Maddalena/Gilda/Rigoletto)Giuseppe Di Stefano/Adriana Lazzarini/Maria Callas/Tito Gobbi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Rigoletto, Act III: Venti scudi hai tu detto? (Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Duca/Maddalena/Coro)Tito Gobbi/Nicola Zaccaria/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Adriana Lazzarini/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Rigoletto, Act III: E amabile invero (Maddalena/Sparafucile/Gilda/Coro)Adriana Lazzarini/Nicola Zaccaria/Maria Callas/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 6:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Rigoletto, Act III: Della vendetta alfin giunge l'istante (Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Duca)Tito Gobbi/Nicola Zaccaria/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Rigoletto, Act III: Chi mai, chi è qui in sua vece? (Rigoletto/Gilda)Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Nobody steals the spotlight when Maria Callas is onstage, but Tito Gobbi never lets us forget that this show is called Rigoletto, not Gilda. Neither singer has one of the century's prettiest voices; both have dramatic presence, impact and subtlety--based as much on their control of verbal nuance as on musicianship--that make their characters three-dimensional, the story meaningful and the emotions real, varied and intense. His role is bigger and more complex than hers is. He is almost constantly onstage and his music runs the whole gamut from fatherly tenderness to regret at a life gone wrong to explosive rage. Sparks fly when they sing together and Tullio Serafin conducts with an exemplary grasp of the opera and a detailed knowledge of his cast's capabilities. --Joe McLellan

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
It is, perhaps, unworthy of EMI to issue this under the "Callas Edition", as the star of this Opera is clearly the principle baritone, and the baritone here is no less than the great Tito Gobbi. Still, for some perverse reason, it is Callas that sells these days, and EMI seems determined to make the most out of one of their top selling artists. For the Callasites out there, her performance as Gilda should not disappoint. Callas is in much happier voice than can be found elswhere amongst her discography and she does give a thoughtful and attentive reading of the role- though many will feel that a younger sounding and fresher voice is really needed. As the libertine Duke, Guiseppe di Stefano is in his element. There may be more eloquent accounts of the role on record, but few have captured the spirit of the role so well. The real tour de force on this disc is the incomparable assumption of the title role by Tito Gobbi. I have heard many fine Rigolettos, but never one so memorable as Gobbi's. Here he sets a standard by which other interpretors must be measured, and ultimately fall short. Along with Iago and Scarpia, Gobbi's portrayal has yet to be bettered. The vengence, humanity and nobility he brings to the role is unique. The conducting is exemplary and the whole performance is electrifying. The sound fares less well by today's standards but is soon forgotten as the drama, in such masterly hands, begins to bite. Those who insist on modern recordings should abandon their principles and buy this set. This will not be bettered, and is a Gobbi performance to cherish.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Per Arne Rudberg on 7 Aug. 2011
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This is a full-blooded Rigoletto recording! Callas is at her very best here, her voice really portraying the young and innocent Gilda. Gobbi is probably THE Rigoletto with his acting vocal skills. Di Stefano might not be the ideal Duke, but his voice is absolutely marvellous.
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By ADI on 15 Feb. 2013
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If you love Callas you will love this. The fragility of her voice is beautiful. Gobbi and Di stefano put in a great performance too
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Williams on 8 Mar. 2010
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Verdi: Rigoletto
short but sweet, there is only one maria callas, for clarity of voice and range, there is no other. promoters and unfornutate circumstances cut short her time on stage and performances, she will long be rembered by opera lovers
of the best there was and maybe will for some time if ever
love maria
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
questa o quella? 19 Mar. 2002
By Steve Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This one? That one? Which 'Rigoletto'? One review sites power of high notes with Bastianini, another grumbles about the sound, a third hates all the principals.
Callas inspired both love and contempt and this perform won't help.To the devoted fan they will hear her incredible artistry, to her detractors she will seem ungainly and far from the virginal creature Verdi intended. But as is usual with the great Diva..if you have ears to hear, then hear her fall from innocence into guilt and shame and finally feel her inspired to self sacrifice. Wonderful.
There is much, much more to the role of Rigoletto than a rich voice and a brilliant top.Gobbi's vocal colouring is staggeringly versatile. Only possible criticism is that he may wear his heart too much on his sleeve..and if you really believe that then go to Merrill or Bastianini and good luck to you. Gobbi is superb.
Di Stefano? Listen to his 'Questa o Quella' and you know the Duke inside out. Dangerous, predatory, shallow. La Donna goes less well with an ungainly cadenza and a flatconclusion. Forgivable after his glorious tones in the love duet and elswhere. The man has voice, 'face' and glorious tone.
Serafin loved this score though the quartet seems to slow dangerously at one point. Only 4 stars? Well its not perfect!
It's simply the best!
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Very Emotionally Involving 20 July 2004
By Jeffrey Lipscomb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Few complete recordings "Rigoletto" have the same intense level of emotional involvement as this one. Gobbi gives one of the great dramatic performances of any title role in opera. Sure, there are others who brought more resplendent voices to the role (i.e., Taddei and the 55 year old but magnificent Ricardo Stracciari), but neither of them gives a portrayal that is anywhere near as moving as Gobbi's. As for Callas: what is it about the quality of her voice that so causes your heart to go out to her immediately in sympathy? There is something so vulnerable, genuine and three-dimensional about her Gilda - it's hard to put into words. As for di Stefano, has anyone else so perfectly captured the Duke's mixture of charm and cruelty? And if that were not enough, Serafin provides us with one of the finest-conducted Rigoletto out there.

As far as I'm concerned, this is a top candidate if you are choosing a sole version of this Verdi masterpiece.
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
A simply marvelous recording!!!! 27 Oct. 1999
By Rod Tierman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This has GOT to be the perfect cast for Rigoletto. Callas, Di Stefano, and Gobbi all in their wonderful primes. La Divina sounds so young, fresh, and innocent here (I don't know where someone got that they thought she sounded like a 70 year old lady!!). I have usually found Callas' diction quite exceptional, unlike Dame Joan, and that is once again evident on this recording. Her coloratura soaring tones sound efortless here! And Gobbi!! What incredible voice he is in here!! I agree with our friend from Milano when he states that Gobbi has to be second only to Ruffo for Italian baritones. Di Stefano had to be the perfect voice for the Duke (along with Nicolai Gedda, the late Alfredo Kraus, and Mario Lanza, even though we were never fortunate enough for Lanza to perform the entire role). It must have been this type of voice Verdi had in mind when he wrote the Duke of Mantua. Di Stefano shows a neccessary abandon and rakeishness that so many other Tenors lack on recordings. This recording has a real Italian edge to it. Not plastic and pristine sounding like most modern recordings of this role. Serafin's conducting is flawless!!!! Quite possibly one of the greatest recordings of all time. A must have!!!
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
This is a great Rigoletto 8 Jan. 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd like to compare two of my favorite Rigoletto sets - this one (Serafin/Gobbi) and the Guilini/Cappuccilli one.
First though, let me say, that I first heard rigoletto with the Pavarotti/Sutherland set, and I hated it. I didn't get into it at all, and didn't think it was a very good opera. Sure, the singing was great, but it was all very superficial, and frankly, gaudy. Then I heard the Serafin/Gobbi rigoletto, and it was like a revelation. I would advise you to stay away from the Pavarotti/Sutherland set.
Anyway, Gobbi and cappuccilli are both great rigoletto's - i prefer Gobbi's interpretation, but both are marvelous singing-actors; they both give us an immensely tragic protrayal of the cursed jester.
Contrubas (on the Guilini/Cappuccilli set) is an exquisite Gilda - her caro nome is divine and the last scene with rigoletto when she is dying is heartbreaking. That said, nothing can compare to Callas' Gilda - at the time of the recording (1956), she was in great voice, and she tackles caro nome beautifully - in callas' caro nome, I hear a vulnerable woman desperately in love, yet scared. in sutherland's, all I hear is bird calls. Also, the gilda-rigoletto duets are outstanding - callas and gobbi always worked very well off each other, and this is a wonderful example of their musical rapport.
Both Domingo and di Stefano are wonderful duke's - domingo's portrayal is more affecting and while it is obvious the duke is a playboy, you get the feeling that it is possible he might have actually loved Gilda. Di Stefano's duke is just an all-out jerk, but wonderfully sung.
As for the conducting - Guilini's is more dramatic and powerful, whereas Serafin's is more tragic and slower-paced. At times, the slow pace works well, like during the quartet, which is just magic. In other parts I found myself wishing serafin would give us a little more "thrust." Overall, Guilini is better.
In other words, get both sets! But don't touch the Pavarotti/Sutherland set - not even with a ten-foot pole. If you buy it as your first set, t will ruin rigoletto for you.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding. My favorite version of Rigoletto. 29 Mar. 1999
By smarmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Amazon's reviewer got it right. Callas is a marvelous Gilda, but she is not the only star of this performance. Gobbi is a superb Rigoletto. His musicianship is outstanding, and his interpretation is both strong and sensitive. Serafin keeps the tension going, providing us with a crackling interpretation. By the end the listener is drained emotionally.
There are other good versions. For those looking for an excellent performance in more modern sound, I recommend the Guilini with Domingo and Cotrubas. For those for whom an older sound does not detract from a superior performance, this is the one to get.
However, as I often say, in the end you will probably get both if you love this opera as much as I do.
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