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Verdi: Rigoletto CD (Tullio Serafin)

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: 'No Gilda has come anywhere near Callas.' (Gramophone)

Callas only sang Gilda in Rigoletto in one run of performances, in Mexico City in 1952, and she recorded the role three years later. She moves beyond the girlish tone and sparkling coloratura of the character’s first scenes to create a figure of tragic stature as events unfold. ‘Once heard, this rendering is never likely to be forgotten,’ was Gramophone’s judgement on her interpretation, and the same could apply to Tito Gobbi’s, embodying every aspect of the accursed court jester.

Composer:Giuseppe Verdi
Rigoletto: Tito Gobbi
Il Duca: Giuseppe di Stefano
Gilda: Maria Callas
Sparafucile: Nicola Zaccaria
Maddalena: Adriana Lazzarini
Giovanni: Giuse Gerbino 

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro ala Scala di Milano
Chorus Master: Norberto Mola
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Running Time: 2 CDs
Year: 1955