Warner Classics

Bellini: Norma CD (Tullio Serafin) 1960

Callas first sang Bellini’s Norma in 1948, when she was just 25. She went on to perform the role of the heroic, but vulnerable Druid priestess –the ultimate embodiment of bel canto – more frequently than any other. In this second studio recording her conductor was again Tullio Serafin (he originally tutored her in the role in 1948),and the venue was again La Scala – where the opera was premiered in 1831. By 1960, Callas brought a wealth of new nuance to her interpretation, and she is aptly partnered by the creamy-voiced Christa Ludwig (in a rare recording of an Italian role) and the towering Franco Corelli.

Composer:Vincenzo Bellini
Norma: Maria Callas
Adalgisa: Christa Ludwig
Pollione: Franco Corelli
Oroveso: Nicola Zaccaria
Clotilde: Edda Vincenzi
Flavio: Piero de Palma

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Chorus Master: Norberto Mola
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Year: 1960
Remastered: 2014
Running Time: 3 CDs