Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis

Verdi: Aida

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AllMusic Review by Allen Schrott

Despite the 1951 live sound and an indulgent, sometimes bombastic approach, this Aida is in many ways a great recording that afficionados will be eager to hear. Recorded in Mexico City, it features both Maria Callas and Mario del Monaco at the beginnings of their international careers. Callas is as fresh-voiced here as anywhere on record, and although del Monaco's sound hasn't yet taken on its darker aspects, he still has terrific freedom at the top. Oralia Dominguez is an impressive Amneris; though only in her mid-twenties here, the Mexico City native keeps up with her full-throttle co-stars without breaking a sweat. Giuseppe Taddei rounds out the top four as a steely voiced Amonasro. Oliviero de Fabritiis does his best to hold things together from the pit. If you put aside any need for subtlety, this recording has many rewards. It is an authentic taste of old-school opera from the 1950s; if you listen carefully, you can hear the prompter speaking throughout; the almost gladiatorial singing is of a breed you won't hear on-stage anymore; and the eruption of applause from the audience after each climax will make you feel like you're sitting in the house (especially after Callas' interpolated high E flat at the end of Act II). So, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Aida, opera
1 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 03:20
2 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 01:39
3 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 00:56 Amazon
4 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 03:20
5 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 03:06
6 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 02:42
7 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 03:15
8 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 02:47 Amazon
9 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 06:54
10 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 05:16
11 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 01:31
12 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 03:51
13 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 02:48
14 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 01:24
15 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 01:39
16 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 05:37
17 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 01:51
18 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 02:48
19 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 02:33 Amazon
20 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 01:33
21 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 04:28
22 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 02:21 Amazon
23 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 02:12
24 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 03:39
25 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 02:18
26 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 05:29

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Aida, opera
1 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 02:09
2 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 02:05
3 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 01:40
4 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 05:29
5 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 01:18 Amazon
6 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 06:53
7 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 01:23
8 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 01:46
9 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 06:40
10 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 03:31
11 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 03:03 Amazon
12 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 07:26
13 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 02:30
14 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 05:25
15 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 03:39
16 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 04:24 Amazon
17 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 01:44
18 Maria Callas / Oliviero de Fabritiis 05:25
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