No singer inspired so much discussion nor was as influential as soprano Maria Callas. In this episode, George Jellinek pays tribute to this “ambitious, indomitable woman” who had both “fanatical admirers and equally ardent detractors."
We hear excerpts of George’s interview with Maria Callas as well as vocal highlights from her career. This episode originally aired on September 22, 1977.
Ponchielli: La Gioconda “O Cor dono funesto” 1959 - Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Antonio Votto
Puccini: Tosca Act 1 duet with Scarpia. Tito gobbi as Scarpi 1953
Bellini: Norma “ Dormono entrambi”
Bellini: I Puritani “Qui la voce” Act 2 Aria and cabaletta 1949
Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani “Arrigo! a parli a un core” 1964
Verdi: Macbeth Sleepwalking scene “Una macchia e qui tuttora”
Verdi: La Traviata: Final scene Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Ettore Bastianini Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Carlo Maria Giulini 1955
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi “O Mio Babbino Caro” Philharmonia Orchestra, Tullio Serafin 1954