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Bellini: Norma [1954] - Ebe Stignani (vocals); Maria Callas (vocals); Mario Filippeschi (vocals); Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (vocals);...
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  1. Norma, opera
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Any performance of Norma stands or falls on the performance of the title character, and this recording has one of the brightest superstars, Maria Callas, in one of her signature roles. EMI captured this performance just at a point when technical problems were beginning to take a toll on her voice, and while she may have less brilliance and vocal control than was apparent even a few years earlier, she still has plenty of stamina, her pianissimos are still floating, her coloratura is thrilling, and her long-held notes still ...