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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera CD (Antonino Votto)

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: 'An unforgettable performance...with Callas and Gobbi in the cast, some exceptional dramatic power is assured' (Gramophone).

Callas’s first stage appearances in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera came at La Scala in 1957, a year in which Milan also saw her in La sonnambula and Anna Bolena. As in this recording, made the year before, she shared Verdi’s most spectacular soprano-tenor duet (in Act II) with Giuseppe di Stefano. This was the last time Callas and Di Stefano appeared together in opera, though they reunited in the 1970s to direct I vespri siciliani in Turin and to give a series of joint concerts.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Amelia: Maria Callas
Riccardo: Giuseppe di Stefano
Renato: Tito Gobbi
Ulrica: Fedora Barbieri
Oscar: Eugenia Ratti 

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala
Chorus Master: Norberto Mola
Conductor: Antonino Votto
Year: 1956
Remastered: 2014
Running Time: 2 CDs