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Verdi: Il trovatore CD (Herbert von Karajan)

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: 'Leonora was one of Callas's finest stage roles and this recording is wonderfully intense' (Gramophone).

Like Norma, the role of Leonora in Il trovatore demands both bel canto finesse and considerable vocal and dramatic weight, but Callas sang it only some 20 times. This recording – in which she, Fedora Barbieri, Giuseppe di Stefano and Roland Panerai constitute a suitably impressive quartet of principals – marked her farewell to the complete role and also her final collaboration with Herbert von Karajan.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Leonora: Maria Callas
Il conte di Luna: Roland Panerai
Azucena: Fedora Barbieri
Manrico: Giuseppe di Stefano
Ferrando: Nicola Zaccaria
Ines: Luisa Villa 

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro ala Scala di Milano
Chorus Master: Norberto Mola
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Running Time: 2 CDs
Year: 1956