Maria Callas at Covent Garden: London 1962 & 1964

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Maria Callas at Covent Garden: London 1962 & 1964
Maria Callas (soprano) / Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

[ Warner Classics Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc ]

Release Date: Friday 20 November 2015

Programme: 70 minutes

This Blu-ray disc is part of a collection of three that gather together concert and stage performances from the latter phase of Callas's career, 1958-1964. These are the only professional video recordings of Callas in performance on stage. All three blu-rays contain footage of Callas performing arias in concert. Even without staging and costumes, she demonstrates her mesmerising stage presence and her ability to bring the music and the character to life - through the music and text, through facial expression, and through subtle use of gesture.

1080i HD 16:9 (pillarbox) Bluray Disc with LPCM 16-bit stereo and 5.0 DTS-MA surround sound are designed for worldwide playback. 1x 60i BD25

Originally recorded in 4:3 standard definition and mono sound, and remastered to 1080i and stereo / 5.1 surround sound for Blu-Ray release.

Stereo remastering by Abbey Road Studios


Carmen: Prelude to Act I
L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)
Carmen: Entr'acte to Act III (Intermezzo)
Près des remparts de Séville (Séguedille) (from Carmen)
(all Covent Garden Gala, 1962)

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)
(Covent Garden Gala, 1962)

Tosca: Act Two
Covent Garden Gala, 1964. dir. Franco Zeffirelli
Tito Gobbi (baritone)

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