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Verdi: La traviata CD (Nicola Rescigno)

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Peter Heyworth in The Observer commented, ‘it was a performance of outstanding distinction and musicality, full of details that illuminated again and again the part as though for the first time’. Opera News said ‘there must have been many Verdi lovers who felt at last that they had come face to face with Violetta herself’. John Ardoin praised the conductor Nicola Rescigno, who ‘brings sanity and song to the performance and was remarkably one with Callas in the ends she sought’. This 1958 recording broadcast live by the BBC’s Home Service has been remastered by Paul Baily using the ICA’s Ambient Mastering process, which has enhanced and widened the sound considerably.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Violetta Valéry: Maria Callas 
Alfredo Germont: Cesare Valletti
Giorgio Germont: Mario Zanasi
Annina: Lea Roberts
Flora Bervoix: Marie Collier 
Baron Douphol: Forbes Robinson 

Royal Opera House Orchestra & Chorus 
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Year: 1958
Running time: 121.33 mins