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Puccini: Manon Lescaut CD (Tullio Serafin)

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 characterises Manon in every mood...[and] displays herself at every moment of this opera a great artist.' (Gramophone)

Each act of Puccini’s episodic opera shows Manon Lescaut in a different light – from the ingénue of the first to the desperate, dying woman of the last. Though Callas never performed the role on stage, she captures every aspect of this passionate, but selfish and enigmatic character. In this particular Puccini opera, the tenor is by no means overshadowed by the soprano, and Giuseppe di Stefano duly dominates the gripping scene at at Le Havre. The young Fiorenza Cossotto – a powerhouse in roles such as Amneris and Eboli – makes a cameo appearance as the Madrigal Singer.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Manon Lescaut: Maria Callas
Chevalier des Grieux: Giuseppe di Stefano
Lescaut: Giulio Fioravanti
Geronte di Ravoir: Franco Calabrese
Edmondo: Dino Formichini

Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala
Chorus Master: Norberto Mola
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Year: 1957
Remastered: 2014
Running Time: 2 CDs