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Verdi: Aida

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  • Performer: Maria Callas, Fedora Barbieri, Richard Tucker, Tito Gobbi
  • 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: B000002RY3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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CALLAS / TUCKER / SERAFIN / LA

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Format: Audio CD
SOURCE:
Studio production made on August 10-12, 16-20 and 23-24, 1955 at Teatro alla Scala, Milan and originally issued on the Columbia label.

SOUND:
Pretty good mid-1950s studio recording, although probably not of leading edge quality even on the day it was laid down. Nevertheless, this "Aida" sounds better than many of Callas' complete opera recordings, some of which sound just plain awful. By digital standards, the recorded range is relatively narrow and a bit boxy, but the voices are nicely captured and given prominence over the orchestra, as was the fashion of the time. Overall, I think the sound should be satisfactory to all but narrow-minded audiophiles.

CAST:
Aida, an Ethiopian slave to Amneris - Maria Callas (soprano)
Radames, a captain of the royal guard destined for higher things - Richard Tucker (tenor)
Amneris, the daughter of Pharaoh - Fedora Barbieri (mezzo-soprano)
Amonasro, the warrior King of Ethiopia - Tito Gobbi (baritone)
Ramfis, the High Priest - Giuseppe Modesti (bass)
King of Egypt - Nicola Zaccaria (bass)
A messenger - Franco Ricciardi (tenor)
A priestess - Elvira Galassi (soprano)

CONDUCTOR:
Tullio Serafin with the Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala in Milan.

COMMENTARY:
Verdi's "Aida" can be approached as an intimate drama with elements of spectacle or as a spectacle with intimate moments. While Serafin gives nice play to the circus to be found in the middle of the opera, his real attention is directed toward the words, thoughts and interactions of the slave, the young general, the princess and the warrior-king.
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As ever, Callas injects so much drama and pathos into her singing - yes I know it's a statement of the b****y obvious but I think it is the best thing to say about this set. Tucker had a great voice for Radames but why didn't someone nail his poor Italian pronunciation? Callas and Gobbi are terrific in the Act III duet, but if you're looking for great sound - just a few years later DECCA broke through with the benchmark Culshaw/Karajan recording of this opera with Tebaldi and Bergonzi.

Having said all that I'd still recommend the Leontyne Price/Solti Aida with the Rome Opera as the best one to own (see my review). If you love Callas, you should already have this one.
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