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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    I think if Legge had chosen his wife for what Callas saw as her Traviata, it would have caused an even greater rift between them. It is well known that she was furious that Legge went ahead and recorded the opera without here and she was so furious with Serafin for agreeing to conduct it that she fell out with him for quite some time (he is notably absent from her recording schedules in 1956, though they are back in the studio together in 1957). In retrospect of course, Legge should have waited a couple of years to record the La Scala Traviata, by which time she would have been free from the clause in her Cetra contract which forbade her from recording it for five years after the Cetra recording. Some of her greatest performances of Violetta date from 1958 - Lisbon and London. An opportunity missed. The Stella recording never sold and a Callas recording with Di Stefano and Gobbi under Serafin might easily have been the classic that their Tosca and Rigoletto recordings became.
    That's true - it might have caused even more animosity.

    In terms of Callas at EMI, I'd have thought that recording her Cetra operas in 1959 - Traviata and Gioconda - would have made more sense instead of re-recording Lucia. Having said that, Serafin was presumably in London to prepare Sutherland for Lucia.

    I wondered when I read about the clause if they could not have recorded the opera at some opportune moment - during '56/'57/'58 onwards if we want it in stereo - but only issue it after Cetra's deadline.
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    I cannot count how many times I’ve listened to this recital. One of Leontyne’s first albums and one of my favorite recital discs ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustinTaylor View Post
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    I cannot count how many times I’ve listened to this recital. One of Leontyne’s first albums and one of my favorite recital discs ever!
    This was when she was a lyric soprano, before she got into the heavy Verdi roles and the bad habits. It sure was a gorgeous voice and in this recital, very well used. Love this record.

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    Fabulous from start to finish!

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    Returning to this fascinating set with Disc 4, which is made up of excerpts from Nabucco (Nazzareno de Angelis, Ines de Frate and Carlo Galeffi) and La Fora del Destino (Gina Cigna, Celestina Bonisegna, Dusolina Giannini, Ivar Andresen and Meta Seinemeyer, Pinza and Ponselle, Francesco Merli, Caruso and Antonio Scotti, Heinrich Schlusnus, Gino Bechi and Lauri-Volpi, Salomea Kruszelnicka, Milanov and finishing up with the final trio featuring Pinza, Ponselle and Martinelli).

    Not all are faultless (De Angelis and Cigna both display a tendency to aspirate) and not all are equally imaginative, but what magnificent voices. You really don't hear Verdi sung like this anymore.
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    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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