FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Maria Callas Live: Bizet’s Carmen Habanera, Hamburg 1962



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Callas’s only operatic appearances in Germany were Lucia di Lammermoor, with Karajan conducting, in Berlin in 1955, and La sonnambula in Cologne in 1957, but in both 1959 and 1962 she made concert tours of the country, visiting Hamburg twice. The video recordings of her concerts in the city showcase her in a dazzling variety of Italian and French repertoire for both soprano and mezzo-soprano: three contrasting Verdi roles (Lady Macbeth, Elvira from Ernani and Elisabetta from Don Carlo); Imogene from Bellini’s Il pirata; Giulia from La vestale; Chimène from Massenet’s Le Cid; Verdi’s most explosively dramatic aria for mezzo-soprano – Eboli’s ‘On don fatale’ from Don Carlo; Carmen’s seductive Habanera and Seguédille and, from Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Angelina’s final rondo, which magically combines modest charm and sparkling virtuosity.

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23 thoughts on “FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Maria Callas Live: Bizet’s Carmen Habanera, Hamburg 1962

  1. This is the happiest and the most freedom of enjoyment, that I have seen of Callas on film. It is also the performance the shows the excellence of both technique and artistry that this woman worked so diligently hard to possess . . . and here it showed brighter than the jewels she wore! We see not Callas, the Diva . . . rather, we see Carmen, the free spirit, confidently presented with all the defiance, sultry, passion, subtlety, sensuality, and warmth that Callas was able to personify so exceptionally well, that even the jewelry that Madam Callas wears — fails to glimmer in her persuasive and convincing brilliance. I think this was Callas at her best, and this is the Callas I choose to remember . . . .

  2. THE WOMAN. Yes, she sang Opera like no one, but… in everyone of her performances she was there WHOLE. An actress, a voice, a personality and all marked by her genius, her talent and… her hard work. A complete performer, she will live eternal in our hearts.

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