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Bellini: La Sonnambula CD (Leonard Bernstein)

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The La Scala production of La sonnambula in 1955 united three towering artistic personalities: Callas, Leonard Bernstein and Luchino Visconti. The excitement is palpable in this recording of its first night. Visually, it was of a stylised, Romantic beauty, with Callas presented like a classical ballerina. Aurally, Callas, supported at every turn by Bernstein’s alert and flexible conducting, portrays Bellini’s gentle heroine with exquisite empathy, creating a hushed, other-worldly atmosphere when Amina sings as she sleep-walks, and bursting with joy and relief in a blaze of coloratura in the opera’s final moments.

Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Amina: Maria Callas
Il conte Rodolfo: Giuseppe Modesti
Teresa: Gabriella Carturan
Elvino: Cesare Valletti
Lisa: Eugenia Ratti 

Orchestra e Coro de Teatro alla Scala
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Year: 1955
Remastered: 2017
Running Time: 140:51 mins