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    It was her signature role, and she did achieve the status of one of the greatest performers of the role. Sadly, it also damaged her voice, which was at a peak of quality for a painfully short period of just a few years (the above recording in 1965 does belong to her best years). That's probably why we don't hear much about her, outside of Abigaille. After her voice got damaged, she was reduced to small parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    I've seen posts referencing Elena Suliotis, and didn't know who she was. I was listening to this recording this afternoon and thought the soprano might have been a very young Callas.. Suliotis! She's terrific.
    I have mentioned that same observation here, she is the closest singer I have heard to capture the "lionheart" of a Callas performance, like Alma said very short career with only a few more studio recordings, I also like her Lady MacBeth.

    The Callas Abigaille from 1949 live performances is amazing.....


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    I don't know Verdi's Macbeth very well. I've seen it performed once, but it didn't make much of an impression on me. I'll look for the recording pictured above to hear Souliotis in another role and give it another chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I don't know Verdi's Macbeth very well. I've seen it performed once, but it didn't make much of an impression on me. I'll look for the recording pictured above to hear Souliotis in another role and give it another chance.
    This was the one I heard first & it's still my favourite.

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    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    I've seen posts referencing Elena Suliotis, and didn't know who she was. I was listening to this recording this afternoon and thought the soprano might have been a very young Callas.. Suliotis! She's terrific.
    The first time I ever heard Suliotis was singing 'Salgo gia dal trono aurato' from this set while I was driving home, and I almost crashed the car! She was definitely something special. She stars in abridged studio recordings of Norma and Anna Bolena which I've not heard. She is also the Zia Principessa on the Mirella Freni recording of Suor Angelica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    This was the one I heard first & it's still my favourite.

    +1

    Cossotto does terrifying so very well.

    Another good one is the live one from the Met with Warren and Rysanek and Leinsdorf conducting.

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    My favorite DVD Lucia along with 1953 studio Callas - Di Stephano CD set, we have a few Callas Lucias that are essential this being one of that group

    Callas signed her EMI contract in 1953 and quickly started producing a string of classic studio recordings with Stephano, Gobbi, Del Monaco and later Corelli

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    Soave would you rate the new Curtis Cesare as you favorite CD version now?

    I asked HC this question recently and he gave detailed favorable impression of set, but not sure if he was fully committed to declaring it his new reference.....Jacobs being the main competition

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post

    Soave would you rate the new Curtis Cesare as you favorite CD version now?

    I asked HC this question recently and he gave detailed favorable impression of set, but not sure if he was fully committed to declaring it his new reference.....Jacobs being the main competition
    HC's review was brilliant. I go more on gut feel and I would say yes, mainly because I loved Lemieux and Gauvin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post


    My favorite DVD Lucia along with 1953 studio Callas - Di Stephano CD set, we have a few Callas Lucias that are essential this being one of that group

    Callas signed her EMI contract in 1953 and quickly started producing a string of classic studio recordings with Stephano, Gobbi, Del Monaco and later Corelli

    One thing leads to another more Lucia......1959 Serafin studio (stereo sound) and the legendary 1955 Karajan live. Too bad the 1959 did not feature Corelli whom she was often working with at that time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post

    Soave would you rate the new Curtis Cesare as you favorite CD version now?

    I asked HC this question recently and he gave detailed favorable impression of set, but not sure if he was fully committed to declaring it his new reference.....Jacobs being the main competition
    I would have both versions as very good benchmarks. I do prefer the Alan Curtis on recorded sound (the engineering was clearly better, a very big sound). The singing was top notch. I would prefer Derek Lee Ragin as Tolomeo and Babara Schlick as Cleopatra from the Rene Jacobs version. I guess the way to answer you question could be if a "newbie" wanted to buy one version to get to know this monumental work today here and now, I would recommend Alan Curtis' version because it is a new version and it is top notch overall.

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    I bought this based upon a recommendation I read on Arkivmusic, having been captured by their statement that Beverly Sills was still at the top of her form (1970) and that the mad scene includes the glass harmonica called for by Donizetti.

    I was looking to add a recording featuring someone other than Sutherland and Callas. I'm not crazy about it, but it might be that I need to adjust to a new and different voice.

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