Maria Callas - Puccini: Madama Butterfly (1955) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 139:02 minutes | 1,36 GBStudio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet
A famous backstage photo was taken in Chicago after one of just three performances that Callas gave of Madama Butterfly; it shows the soprano in her Japanese costume, snarling furiously at a bailiff who had served a writ on her - the very image of the tempestuous diva. By contrast, in her recording of the role, 'it is, miraculously,' as the critic John Osborne observed, 'the 15-year old girl and not the great Callas who stands before us.' Her genius for vocal characterization finds an apt complement in Herbert von Karajan's conducting: 'a wholly sympathetic rendering [that]brings out more of the detail of the score than I have ever heard before', wrote Gramophone.