OP1967. LA SONNAMBULA, recorded 1957, w.Votto Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Maria Callas, Nicola Monti, Nicola Zaccaria, Fiorenza Cossotto & Eugenia Ratti; Maria Callas: Arias from Medea & La Vestale. (Germany) 2-Naxos 8.111284/85. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. Final copy! - 747313328420
"Visconti’s sensational 1955 production of LA SONNAMBULA for La Scala, Milan, was revived and recorded two years later. As a girl, Callas had fallen in love with the rôle of Amina; as an adult it suited her voice perfectly, and her interpretation set a benchmark that few have equalled. Among the many highlights of Callas’s profoundly satisfying performance is her cadenza for Ah non giunge in which she executes a remarkable diminuendo on a stratospheric E-flat, a feat unrivalled in the history of the gramophone. This is by any standards a classic recording."
- Zillah Akron Dorset