- Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, German, French
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: PLG UK Classics
- DVD Release Date: 15 July 2002
- Run Time: 71 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00006BSGZ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,602 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Maria Callas At Covent Garden 1962 & 1964 [DVD] 
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Famed opera singer Maria Callas recorded live at the Royal Opera House in 1962 and 1964. Other singers featured are Renato Cioni, Tito Gobbi, Robert Bowman and Dennis Wicks. In 1962, the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House were conducted by Georges Prêtre. In 1964, the conductor was Carlo Felice Cillario. The performances were originally broadcast by ATV as part of their 'Golden Hour' series.
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The second part of the DVD is a fully staged performance of Act2 of Tosca with Tito Gobbo and Renato Cioni. Why oh why didn't they have the forseight to film the whole thing? Still I guess we should be grateful for what we have. There are faults - the camera work isn't all it should be - but this is surely the most riveting perofrmance of this act ever committed to film.True, Callas was in better voice when she filmed this same Act in Paris a few years previously (some of the top notes are little better than screams), but I have rarely, if ever, seen opera singers act with such naturalness and abandon. Both Callas and Gobbi are superb. You really forget they are singing and end up being totally drawn in to the performance of two actors. In fact I remember that on the days I worked at the English National Opera shop, whenever we played this video when the audience were gathering for that evening's performance, the tiny little shop would quickly fill up with people who couldn't take their eyes off the television screens. Enough said!
Verdi: Don Carlo (Atto IV) Tu che le vanita
Jabanera (Acte I)
Entr'acte (Acte III)
Séguedille (Acte I)
Watching Maria adds a detention missed in
Puccini's Tosca (alto II), 1964 will hold your attention; however I am glad that there are subtitles as I only knew the story form secondary sources. Dennis Wicks as Sciarrone looks like Arty Johnson. This is a long scene however it is not the complete story. So as with the 1962 section this is the best of.
The advantage to this recording is that there are no commercials it gets down to business. The disadvantage is the recording is not well focused.
Be sure to obtain the RMI classics CD's of Callas so you can carry her with you.