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Verdi: La traviata CD (Gabriele Santini)

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Violetta, the most complex and fully-rounded of Verdi’s heroines, was one of the roles that defined Maria Callas as an artist. She performed it more than 60 times between 1951 and 1958, most famously in Luchino Visconti’s production at La Scala in 1955/56. It is often said that the role demands a different kind of voice for each act, and, when she made this recording for the Cetra label in 1953, Callas offered youthful, ringing power complemented by coloratura prowess and the capacity for great delicacy.More than 60 years on, her characterisation, in its subtlety and truth, still sets the standard for La traviata.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Violetta Valéry: Maria Callas 
Alfredo Germont: Francesco Albanese
Giorgio Germont: Ugo Savarese
Annina: Ines Marietti
Flora Bervoix: Ede Marietti Gandolfo
Baron Douphol: Alberto Albertini

Coro Cetra
Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI 
Conductor: Gabriele Santini
Year: 1953