Remastered from Original Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
Maria Callas As You Have Never Heard Her Before!
One of the 20th century's most legendary and enduring icons, Maria Callas was both a glamorous diva and a global superstar who captivated audiences worldwide with her vivid and passionate performances.
This special Limited Edition 180g vinyl album features Callas performing Bizet's Carmen opera along with Nicolai Gedda, Andrea Guiot, Robert Massard & more.
Towards the end of Callas's career, there were many rumours that she was planning to perform Carmen on stage. This was never to be, but Carmen became her penultimate complete recording of an opera - and her only complete recording of a French opera. With Georges Pretre, one of her favoured conductors, and the ever-stylish Nicolai Gedda as her Don Jose, she captured every facet of the role. As Gramaphone said when the set was first released: "Hers is a Carmen to haunt you."
Although Maria Callas died at age 53 in September 1977, she remains an icon: as a supreme singing-actress; as a celebrity, and as a woman of great style and elegance. The epitome of the operatic diva, the American-born Greek soprano is recognized as a singer who defined, and even redefined, opera in the 20th century and she has never lost her place among the world's top-selling classical artists.
A dedicated producer, Grammy Award-winner Andrew Cornall, was assigned to the Callas Remastered project at Londons Abbey Road Studios. When Robert Gooch, a former sound engineer who worked with Callas on a number of her recordings, heard some of the remastered tracks, his response was: Im amazed, Im absolutely amazed ... Its a revelation. I was practically in tears listening to that Casta diva ... That voice of Callas has such an effect on me.
"The singer best equipped to reveal and recommend the grand operatic mainstream as a refreshing and fertilizing part of modern musical life.. Certainly, it is difficult to think of a singer in our time who has inspired so many people - fellow singers, fellow musicians, her public - and who risked and achieved so much." - Richard Osborne - Grammophone magazine, 1987
Triple LP box set
Remastered from the original stereo tapes
Remastered at Abbey Road Studios
Maria Callas - Carmen
Nicolai Gedda - Don Jose
Andrea Guiot - Micaela
Robert Massard - Escamillo
Choeurs Rene Duclos
Chorus Master: Jean Laforge
Orchestre du Theatre National De l'Opera
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)