Opera gala | great arias from Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Bellini, Lehár and others

Listen to some of the most beloved arias by Rossini, Verdi, Massenet, Giordano, Wagner, Puccini, Donizetti, Bellini and Lehár! These masterpieces of opera are performed by internationally renowned singers: Agnes Baltsa – mezzo-soprano Piotr Beczala – tenor Pavol Breslik – tenor Franz Grundheber – baritone Štefan Kocán – bass Nino Machaidze – soprano Angela Marambio – soprano Marina Rebeka – soprano Matti Salminen – bass Krassimira Stoyanova – soprano They are accompanied by the Choir and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, conducted by Lawrence Foster.

Maria Callas sings “Casta Diva” (Bellini: Norma, Act 1)

The great Maria Callas performs an aria from her signature role, Bellini’s druid priestess Norma, with the Orchestre de l’Opera National de Paris and Georges Sebastian. Recorded live at the Palais Garnier on the 19th of December 1958, this concert marked the soprano’s debut at the Paris Opera, a major social event for Parisians and for which Callas donned her most elegant couture and a million dollars’ worth of jewelry.