Bellini: Norma CD (Tullio Serafin) 1954

Callas Remastered honours the legendary Maria Callas with new transfers of all her studio recordings, made at Abbey Road Studios and using 24-bit 96kHz remastering. For this release, the engineers have returned to the original studio master tapes, bringing new clarity and brilliance to a classic interpretation: 'Callas is quite magnifcent...she makes you hear the music for the first time' (Gramophone).

This is the first of Callas’ two complete recordings of her signature role, the druid priestess Norma, in which she has remained unrivalled for 50 years. It captures her voice in its imposing early prime, while in the two famous duets for Norma and Adalgisa she is partnered by Ebe Stignani, generally considered the greatest Italian mezzo-soprano of her era. The conductor is Callas’ mentor Tullio Serafin.

Composer:Vincenzo Bellini
Norma: Maria Callas
Adalgisa: Ebe Stignani
Pollione: Mario Filippeschi
Oroveso: Nicola Rossi-Lemeni
Clotilde: Rina Cavallari
Flavio: Paolo Caroli

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Chorus Master: Vittorio Veneziani
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Year: 1954
Remastered: 2014
Running Time: 3 CDs