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    This one is currently at the top of my list after listening to a lot of La Sonnambulas this past week.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
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    I know they are not the same but something about Luba Orgonasova's voice reminds me of Ana Durlovsky. Is it just me, or do others pick that up too? Here are You Tube clips of the same part:

    Luba Orgonasova

    Ana Durlovsky
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Aug-30-2018 at 05:51.
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    I need a Callas fan to help me out here. I want to run poll on favorite Callas Sonnambula recording but don't really know how many La Sonnambula commercial recordings are there with Maria Callas? Listings on Amazon are confusing.

    I think there are four and I think they are listed in order of best sound to worst sound:

    1957 Votto, live

    1957 Votto, Studio

    1957 Votto, live Edinburgh Festival

    1955 Bernstein, live



    This discography says there are four:

    1955 Orch. Teatro alla Scala Milano, Leonard Bernstein (cond.)
    Maria Callas (A), Cesare Valletti (E), Giuseppe Modesti (R), Eugenia Ratti (L) Gabriella Carturan (T), Pier Luigi Latinucci (Al)

    1957 Orch. Teatro alla Scala Milano, Antonino Votto (cond.)
    Maria Callas (A), Nicola Monti (E), Nicola Zaccaria (R), Eugenia Ratti(L), Fiorenza Cossotto (T), Giuseppe Morresi (Al)
    reissued as:

    1957 Orch. Teatro alla Scala Milano, Antonino Votto (cond.)
    Maria Callas (A), Nicola Monti (E), Nicola Zaccaria (R), Marietta Angioletti (L), Fiorenza Cossotto (T), Dino Mantovani (Al)

    1957 Orch. Teatro alla Scala Milano, Antonino Votto (cond.)
    Maria Callas (A), Nicola Monti (E), Nicola Zaccaria (R), Edith Martelli (L), Fiorenza Cossotto (T), Dino Mantovani (Al)

    If I am going to run a poll I want the selections to be right as they are hard to revise (need moderator assistance).
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    Well, that's a tricky question. First off there is the studio recording, which is this one in your list:
    1957 Orch. Teatro alla Scala Milano, Antonino Votto (cond.)
    Maria Callas (A), Nicola Monti (E), Nicola Zaccaria (R), Eugenia Ratti(L), Fiorenza Cossotto (T), Giuseppe Morresi (Al)
    Sonnambula.jpg

    Then there are four complete live recordings and one selection of excerpts from the opera in chronological order:
    1955 Orch. Teatro alla Scala Milano, Leonard Bernstein (cond.)
    Maria Callas (A), Cesare Valletti (E), Giuseppe Modesti (R), Eugenia Ratti (L) Gabriella Carturan (T), Pier Luigi Latinucci (Al)
    Scala - Sonnambula.jpg

    1957 Orch. Teatro alla Scala Milano, Antonino Votto (cond.)
    Maria Callas (A), Nicola Monti (E), Nicola Zaccaria (R), Marietta Angioletti (L), Fiorenza Cossotto (T), Dino Mantovani (Al)
    Cologne - Sonnambula.jpg

    Then excerpts from a second performance with the same cast:
    6 July - Sonnambula.jpg

    1957 Orch. Teatro alla Scala Milano, Antonino Votto (cond.)
    Maria Callas (A), Nicola Monti (E), Nicola Zaccaria (R), Edith Martelli (L), Fiorenza Cossotto (T), Dino Mantovani (Al)
    Edinborough - Sonnambula.jpg

    And there's another performance from the same run with the same cast.

    You can find further details of the Cologne and Edinburgh performances on the Divina Records website.

    N.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    You can find further details of the Cologne and Edinburgh performances on the Divina Records website.
    That is a nice website for Callas fans. I wish they would put a few sound clips up on the various recordings. Looks like a poll might be easier to list the main recordings and have an "other" category just in case any other recordings show up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post

    1957 Orch. Teatro alla Scala Milano, Antonino Votto (cond.)
    Maria Callas (A), Nicola Monti (E), Nicola Zaccaria (R), Edith Martelli (L), Fiorenza Cossotto (T), Dino Mantovani (Al)
    Edinborough - Sonnambula.jpg
    Here is one thing that puzzles me. The title says Teatro alla Scala Milano (Milan, Spain), but the CD cover says Edinburgh (Scotland?). What is going on here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Here is one thing that puzzles me. The title says Teatro alla Scala Milano (Milan, Spain), but the CD cover says Edinburgh (Scotland?). What is going on here?
    The La Scala company - orchestra, casts and chorus - travelled to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1957. Callas sang in La Sonnambula and Di Stefano sang in L'elisir d'amore - there were some nice photos taken when they went sightseeing

    image.jpeg

    There's quite an interesting article about the Edinburgh Sonnambula performances here http://www.operascotland.org/tour/560/Sonnambula-1957
    Last edited by davidglasgow; Sep-25-2018 at 02:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Milan, Spain ...... What is going on here?
    Indeed! what is going on here?
    Last edited by Headphone Hermit; Sep-25-2018 at 10:34.
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    Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Oh, I suppose Bartoli would be an interesting Amina, though I thought Amina was supposed to be a soprano.
    Quote Originally Posted by The nose View Post
    I liked her in the role of Amina but i think she's more a Lisa.
    Or really, Bartoli should sing Teresa, but they probably don't put huge stars in minor roles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Headphone Hermit View Post
    I'm surprised no-one (on this thread) has urged you to go for the Callas 'live' set from Koln. I picked this up from a charity shop last week for 99p (hahaha!) and it is thrilling throughout.

    Second 'Best Buy' is the Callas 'live' recording on Testament from Edinburgh - I think this has the edge on the Koln set for the atmosphere of the recording, but the Koln recording is (probably) better from Callas in many places

    After that, I'd go for the Callas versions mentioned by Greg .... and steer clear of Sutherland for this role entirely
    So now I have all the Callas and Sutherland recordings of this opera and must say that I really like the Edinburgh Callas Sonnambula. As for Sutherland, there are a couple good ones

    THE BEST (1963):


    Also quite good:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    So now I have all the Callas of this opera and must say that I really like the Edinburgh Callas Sonnambula.
    My least favourite, oddly enough. She was in ill health, and I think it shows. I never can decide which of Bernstein La Scala 1955 and Votto Cologne 1957 I prefer. I do like the studio version too, but it comes in third for me.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post
    My least favourite, oddly enough. She was in ill health, and I think it shows. I never can decide which of Bernstein La Scala 1955 and Votto Cologne 1957 I prefer. I do like the studio version too, but it comes in third for me.
    Simply have to have all of them!

    May be the novelty of the Edinburgh set, and will go back to the Studio. We'll see. Bernstein is a bit rough sound, I think Edinburgh is better sound.
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    Found this statement on an Amazon review regarding recordings of La Sonnambula. A shame Beverly didn't record La Sonnambula.

    Beverly Sills (who did record the great cavatina of Act I, in 1968) should have been in their number, but her scheduled "La sonnambula," for the Opera Company of Boston (1977), was changed to "Rigoletto" (with Susanne Marsee as Maddalena).
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    My favorite version of La sonnambula is a recording with Anna Moffo on VAI. It's available as a film or a CD. Danilo Vega, who is otherwise totally unknown to me, is a very good Elvino. There are minor sound issues with "Son geloso del zefiro errante", unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivalagentenuova View Post
    My favorite version of La sonnambula is a recording with Anna Moffo on VAI. It's available as a film or a CD. Danilo Vega, who is otherwise totally unknown to me, is a very good Elvino. There are minor sound issues with "Son geloso del zefiro errante", unfortunately.
    Yes, the Moffo DVD portrays what I find to be the finest Amina of all from the traditional perspective. On DVD and CD, but the cover images do not do it justice as she is actually much younger in the film.


    Here she is in the video:
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Jun-12-2019 at 03:15.
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    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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