Barbiere (Giulini;  Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Luigi Alva, Nicola Rossi Lemeni, Melchiorre Luise)       (2-Myto 062.H113)
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Barbiere (Giulini;  Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Luigi Alva, Nicola Rossi Lemeni, Melchiorre Luise)       (2-Myto 062.H113)
OP1140. IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Live Performance, 16 Feb., 1956, w.Giulini Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Luigi Alva, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Melchiorre Luise, etc. [Not to be confused with EMI's subsequent studio recording] (Italy) 2-Myto 062.H113. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 8014399501132

CRITIC REVIEW:

“Maria Callas, who primarily sang the heavy dramatic roles, had an early success in 1950 in Rossini’s IL TURCO IN ITALIA. In 1954 she recorded the role for EMI and the following season she wanted to do it La Scala under the direction of Franco Zeffirelli. Again it was a success, so for February 1956 she demanded IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA….There is a lot of over-acting, especially from Callas, about whom a critic wrote that her interpretation of the role was ‘nearly worthy of a psychoanalytical study’….I am not 100% certain but probably it was the premiere that was recorded….EMI…chose to record the opera under studio conditions in Kingsway Hall a year later.”

- Göran Forsling, musicweb-international