The Royal Opera House

Rossini: Il turco in Italia CD (Gianandrea Gavazzeni)

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 at her idiosyncratic best.' (Gramophone)

Callas’s two comic roles were both in operas by Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia and Il turco in Italia. She first played the capricious and flirtatious Fiorilla – a married Neapolitan woman who takes up with a visiting Turk – in Rome in 1950. Five years later, at La Scala, she appeared in a production by Franco Zeffirelli, also, famously, the director of her Covent Garden Tosca and Paris Norma. Gramophone wrote: ‘Mme Callas acts vividly, chiding, boasting, melting, and when in typical Rossinian style she is given a “key” figure, each repetition of it carries, so one thinks, a slightly different meaning. I found myself teased by memories of these little phrases for hours afterwards.’

Composer:Gioachino Rossini
Fiorilla: Maria Callas
Selim: Nicola Rossi-Lemeni
Narciso: Nicolai Gedda
Gernoio: Franco Calabrese
Zaida: Jolanda Gardino
Albazar: Pero de Palma
Prosdocimo: Mariano Stabile 

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Chorus Master: Vittorio Veneziani
Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Year: 1954
Remastered: 2014
Running Time: 2 CDs