Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) Tosca Act 2, Tosca's aria.' Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore'Covent Garden, 1964.
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- Maria Callas as Tosca, the role she sings on the 1953 recording that may be the best opera album ever.
- View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Cassette release of 'Tosca, Vespri Siciliani - Selezione Dell'Opera' on Discogs.
- Tosca was the last opera that Callas performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It afforded her a triumphant return to the opera stage after an absence of nearly 18 months. Scarpia was sung by her beloved colleague Tito Gobbi, another natural stage animal, and the sumptuous production was by Franco Zeffirelli.
Explore the legacy of opera superstar Maria Callas (1923 – 1977) in this documentary detailing her spectacular 1964 comeback at London’s Royal Opera House in Puccini’s Tosca. Her performance in the Franco Zeffirelli-helmed production became a sensation, proving that the title of “Primadonna Assoluta” was still rightfully hers despite the scandals and decline that marked the second half of her career.
Opera stars Thomas Hampson and Kristine Opolais, Rufus Wainwright and other famous fans share insights and the story of her comeback.
Maria Callas and the Aria “Vissi d’Arte” in Puccini’s Tosca
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ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON 24 JAN 1964
LIVE REMASTERED 2017
2 CD 0190295844493 – DIGITAL
ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN
CARLO FELICE CILLARIO
There are obvious parallels between Tosca – the passionate, but vulnerable Roman diva – and Maria Callas. “Vissi d’arte” (I lived for art), the character’s moving Act 2 aria, has acquired a particular symbolism since the soprano’s death in 1977.
Tosca was the last opera that Callas performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It afforded her a triumphant return to the opera stage after an absence of nearly 18 months. Scarpia was sung by her beloved colleague Tito Gobbi, another natural stage animal, and the sumptuous production was by Franco Zeffirelli. As the critic John Warrack wrote: “In sum, this was one of those precious occasions when the disparate parts of opera mysteriously fuse into the total experience we always await.”
FLORIA TOSCA: MARIA CALLAS
MARIO CAVARADOSSI: RENATO CIONI
SCARPIA: TITO GOBBI
CESARE ANGELOTTI: VICTOR GODFREY
SPOLETTA: ROBERT BOWMAN
SAGRESTANO: ERIC GARRETT
Youtube Vissi D'arte
SCIARRONE: DENIS WICKS
Maria Callas Youtube
UN CARCERIERE – A JAILER: EDGAR BONIFACE
Maria Callas Tosca 1953
UN PASTORE – A SHEPERD: DAVID SELLAR