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LD Music Video MARIA CALLAS AT COVENT GARDEN 1962 &64 Soprano Opera Laserdisc [72434 77789-1 9]

LD Music Video MARIA CALLAS AT COVENT GARDEN 1962 &64 Soprano Opera Laserdisc [72434 77789-1 9]

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Laserdisc Title: "MARIA CALLAS AT COVENT GARDEN 1962 AND 1964"
Edition: Fullscreen Edition (Single Disc)
Producer: Bill Ward
Starring: Maria Callas
Production / Year: 1994 ITC and the Royal Opera House
Running Time: 71 Minutes / B&W
Audio Format: Digitally Remastered, Mono
Video Format: NTSC, CLV (Extended Play)
Miscellaneous Features: Rated E - Exempt from classification
Distributed By: PMI Music International
Catalog / Spine Number: 72434 77789-1 9

IMPORTANT: This is a 12-inch Diameter Laserdisc, which is NOT the same as DVD and cannot be played on a DVD player!

Cosmetic Condition:
Disc (s): Excellent - Hardly noticeable to very minor hairline surface swirls, if any
Jacket: Very Good - Normal shelf wear, few creases, light scuffs, slightly worn-out corners or edges but no signs of spines splitting


The second half of this recording is an important item in the too-scanty video discography of Maria Callas. Matched with another great singing actor, Tito Gobbi as the lecherous, hypocritical Scarpia, she participates in a textbook demonstration of how Act II of Tosca should be performed. There is a subtlety and nuance in their interactions that one seeks in vain in later, technologically more advanced videos. With a murder onstage, torture offstage, sexual harassment, and deep anguish (beautifully expressed in "Vissi d'arte"), this act provides rich opportunities for these performers, and they take full advantage. You may hear it better sung; you are not likely to see it better acted. The first half, a 1964 recital, offers less scope for acting, and Callas's voice is slightly past its prime, but she performs impressively in the mezzo range in two arias from Carmen.


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