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Gluck: Ifigenia in Tauride CD (Nino Sanzogno)

The music of the 18th century did not figure strongly in Callas’s repertoire. The only Mozart role she sang was Konstanze, in an Italian version of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, an opera that contrasts strongly with the roughly contemporary Iphigénie en Tauride (here, at La Scala in 1957, Ifigenia in Tauride). In this taut drama of a priestess called upon to sacrifice her own brother, Gluck favours unadorned vocal lines and discreet intensity of expression. As ever, Callas judges the style with apparently instinctive precision, interpreting with the utmost eloquence. At the last minute, the happy outcome of the opera is determined by Diana, the dea ex machina, sung here by a young mezzo-soprano on her way to a major career, Fiorenza Cossotto.

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Ifigenia: Maria Callas
Oreste: Dino Dondi
Pilade: Francesco Albanese
Toante: Anselmo Colzani
Diana:Fiorenza Cossotto

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano
Conductor: Nino Sanzogno
Year: 1957
Remastered: 2017
Running Time: 108:41 mins