Maria Callas | Cesare Valletti | La Traviata (1958 London live, remastered)

La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi performed in Italian Conductor Nicola Rescigno – 1958(LI) Orchestra – Covent Garden Chorus – Covent Garden Violetta Valery – Maria Callas Flora Bervoix – Marie Collier Annina – Leah Roberts Alfredo Germont – Cesare Valletti Giorgio Germont – Mario Zanasi Gastone – Dermot Troy Dottore Grenvil – David Kelly Barone Douphol – Forbes Robinson Marchese d’Obigny – Ronald Lewis

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.