Verdi: Nabucco CD (Vittorio Gui)

The temperament-filled role of Abigaille in Nabucco is notorious for its extreme vocal demands, but the young Callas – just 26 when she performed the role at Naples’ Teatro San Carlo – conquers it confidently and commandingly. Her astonishing capacities for both barnstorming power and intricate delicacy are called into play in this, her earliest live recording of a complete opera. These performances at one of Italy’s most celebrated opera houses represent the only occasion Callas sang the role of Abigaille on stage.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Nabucco: Gino Bechi
Abigaille: Maria Callas
Ismaele: Gino Sinimberghi
Zaccaria: Luciano Neroni

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro San Carlo di Napoli
Vittorio Gui
Year: 1949
Remastered: 2017
Running Time: 129:13 mins