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listen  1. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia ( Orchestra)Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Introduction (Orchestra) ... Ite sul colle (Oroveso/Coro)Nicola Zaccaria/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Noberto Mola/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 9:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Svanir le voci! (Pollione/Flavio)Franco Corelli/Piero De Palma/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Meco all'altar di Venere (Pollione)Franco Corelli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Odi?... I suoi riti a compiere (Flavio/Coro/Pollione)Piero de Palma/Franco Corelli/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Me protegge, me difende un poter maggior di loro (Pollione)Franco Corelli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Norma (1997 - Remaster), Act I, Scene 1: Norma viene (Coro)Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Sediziose voci (Norma/Oroveso/Coro)Maria Callas/Nicola Zaccaria/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Norma (1997 - Remaster), Act I, Scene 1: Casta diva (Norma/Coro)Maria Callas/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 7:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Fine al rito e il sacro bosco (Norma/Oroveso/Coro)Maria Callas/Nicola Zaccaria/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Ah! bello a me ritorna (Norma/Oroveso/Coro)Maria Callas/Nicola Zaccaria/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Sgombra è la sacra selva ... Deh! proteggimi, o Dio! (Adalgisa)Christa Ludwig/Tullio Serafin 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Eccola! Va, mi lascia ragion non odo (Pollione/Adalgisa)Franco Corelli/Christa Ludwig/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Va, crudele, al Dio spietato (Pollione/Adalgisa)Franco Corelli/Christa Ludwig/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Vieni in Roma (Pollione/Adalgisa)Franco Corelli/Christa Ludwig/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Vanne, e li cela entrambi (Norma/Clotilde)Maria Callas/Edda Vincenzi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Adalgisa!...Alma costanza (Norma/Adalgisa)Maria Callas/Christa Ludwig/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Oh! rimembranza! (Norma/Adalgisa)Maria Callas/Christa Ludwig/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Ah! si! fa core e abbracciami (Norma/Adalgisa)Maria Callas/Christa Ludwig/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Ma di'...l'amato giovane? (Norma/Adalgisa/Pollione)Maria Callas/Christa Ludwig/Franco Corelli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Oh! di qual sei tu vittima (Norma/Adalgisa/Pollione)Maria Callas/Christa Ludwig/Franco Corelli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Perfido!...Or basti (Norma/Adalgisa/Pollione)Maria Callas/Christa Ludwig/Franco Corelli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Vanne, sì: mi lascia, indegno (Norma/Adalgisa/Pollione/Coro)Maria Callas/Christa Ludwig/Franco Corelli/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Introduzione (Orchestra)Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Dormono entrambi (Norma)Maria Callas/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Olà! Clotilde! (Norma/Clotilde)Maria Callas/Edda Vincenzi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Me chiami, o Norma! (Adalgisa/Norma)Christa Ludwig/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Deh! con te li prendi (Norma/Adalgisa)Maria Callas/Christa Ludwig/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Norma (1997 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 1: Mira, o Norma (Norma/Adalgisa)Maria Callas/Christa Ludwig/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Norma (1997 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 1: Cedi! ... deh! cedi! (Adalgisa/Norma)Christa Ludwig/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Si, fino all'ore estreme (Norma/Adalgisa)Maria Callas/Christa Ludwig/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Norma (1997 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 2: Non parti? ... Finora è la campo (Coro)Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: Guerrieri! a voi venire (Oroveso/Coro)Nicola Zaccaria/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: Ah! del Tebro al giogo indegno (Oroveso/Chorus)Nicola Zaccaria/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Ei tornerà. Sì, mia fidenza è posta (Norma/Clotilde)Maria Callas/Edda Vincenzi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Sguilla il bronzo del Dio! (Coro/Oroveso/Norma)Nicola Zaccaria/Maria Callas/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Guerra, guerra! La galliche selve (Coro)Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Né compi il rito, o Norma? (Oroveso/Norma/Clotilde/Coro/Pollione)Nicola Zaccaria/Maria Callas/Edda Vincenzi/Franco Corelli/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: In mia man alfin tu sei (Norma/Pollione)Maria Callas/Franco Corelli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Già mi pasco ne' tuoi sguardi (Norma/Pollione)Maria Callas/Franco Corelli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Dammi quel ferro (Coro/Norma/Pollione/Oroveso)Maria Callas/Franco Corelli/Nicola Zaccaria/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Noberto Mola/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Norma (1997 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 3: Qual cor tradisti, qual cor perdesti (Coro/Norma/Pollione/Oroveso)Maria Callas/Franco Corelli/Nicola Zaccaria/Piero De Palma/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Noberto Mola/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Norma! ... deh! Norma, scòlpati! (Coro/Norma/Pollione/Oroveso)Maria Callas/Franco Corelli/Nicola Zaccaria/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Norma (1997 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 3: Deh! non volerli vittime (Coro/Norma/Pollione/Oroveso)Maria Callas/Franco Corelli/Nicola Zaccaria/Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Maria Callas, Christa Ludwig, Franco Corelli, Nicola Zaccaria, Piero de Palma
  • Orchestra: Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
  • Audio CD (March 17, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000630R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The young Corelli blazes passionately with a beautiful ringing voice.
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Sutherland is good, Tebaldi is magnific, but CALLAS is NORMA.
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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By "lesismore26" on March 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is still my favorite recording of "Norma". By the time this stereo recording was made in 1960, Callas was already well into the vocal difficulties that five years later brought her career on the opera stage to a end. The uppermost regions of her voice, as heard on this recording, do not fall pleasantly on the ear. The top notes are never secure, much less beautiful. But Callas could still, even in 1960, do some wonderful things with her voice, which still was capable of some amazing things. Her Norma has become much more human than was the case on her previous 1954 monophonic recording (also available), and her phrasing is more beautiful as well. While it cannot be denied that Callas was much more vocally secure on the earlier recording, nor can it be denied that she actually accomplishes something even greater here. The supporting cast of this 1960 "Norma" is much finer than that which was encoountered on the earlier recording. Franco Corelli is a fabulous Pollione, his glorious voice flowing like liquid lava, and in the final scene, meets Callas head on, and on equal ground. Christa Ludwig is a youthful sounding Adalgisa, contrasting well with Callas' more mature vocal timbre. Nicola Zaccaria is a sonorous Oroveso. Tullio Serafin remains for me the greatest of the "Norma" conductors. He shapes a performance that is beautiful, lyrical, yet intense and dramatic. So..... if you can forgive Callas for her declining top notes, you will find beauties here that you will find on no other recording of "Norma".
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Michael Newberry on August 4, 2000
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Some people have a funny view of perfection. In Opera, for instance, if you rate musicality, vocal range, characterization, power, beauty, intelligence, and the concept of the entire role as important elements. Then, for me, Callas is the greatest or most perfect singer of the recorded era! (O.K. her voice is not beautiful, but what a voice; who else could/can integrate all that other stuff on such a sublime level?) She gave us definitive versions or interpretations that almost all other sopranos have to contend with; La Traviata, Tosca, Aida, Turandot, Un Ballo in Maschera, Anna Bolena, Lucia, La Sonnabmbula, and etc. Do you wish you had a recording of her Fidelio in Athens? You bet. And I don't think it's controversial to claim that her Norma is her greatest role, and she unleashes on us a monumental portrait of a warrior Priestess.
Parenthetically, another plus about Callas' recordings/performances is that it's difficult to find a set that doesn't have a stellar cast and a great conductor. (I could do without the conductor involvement with all the Price/Leinsdorf collaborations, alas.)
This Norma is fantastic, from everyone concerned, conductor, soloists, and chorus. The conducting is brilliant, sensually intense and Serafin has an eye/ear for the structure of the whole work. The duets and trios are cataclysmic and the last is act heart wrenching. Zaccaria the bass, what a beautiful big sound, and his legato line is a marvel. Ludwig's voice sounds fresh, warm, and rich, and her acting is tender and dramatic. The young Corelli blazes passionately with a beautiful ringing voice. His sound reminds me of a perfect blend of Pavarotti and Domingo, but he is more exclamatory, Mediterranean bravado personified. And Callas is, in a word, formidable!
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1999
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This 1960 performance has been at the storm center of controversy since it's original release in the early 1960's. Yes, Callas' top notes had become a real issue by this time in her career, and there were those who just couldn't cotton to the unsteadiness that was so obvious in the uppermost notes. The rest of the voice, however, actually gained a new eveness and an autumnal glow that was heretofore not heard. Whatever the case, Callas was too great an artist to be dismissed as anything less than that, and those, like myself, who still cherish the vocal fluidity of Sutherland and Caballe in this opera, must yield to the fact that Callas had something very unique and special to bring to this opera (and so many others!). For those who place prime importance on vocal emission, then the Sutherland or Caballe' approach to Norma is decidedly for you. They sing the role with great mastery and vocal beauty. But if you are interested in NORMA, this is the version for you. Moreover, Callas has a very strong supporting cast. Christa Ludwig, while perhaps not as suited to the idiom as was Marilyn Horne on the first Sutherland version, still sings a beautiful Adalgisa. Franco Corelli, then at the dawn of his career, turns in a stentorian Pollione, superior even to Domingo's on the Caballe' recording. Nicola Zaccaria is a wonderfully paternal Oraveso, and Tullio Serafin remains the best "Norma" conductor on records. No. This performance isn't for everybody. A canary fancier will probably find this Norma to be wanting, but many others will find beauties and all sorts of musical subtleties here that will be encountered nowhere else.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By klavierspiel VINE VOICE on September 11, 2001
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This is the second of Maria Callas' two studio recordings of Norma, the role with which she was probably most identified in her career. Several other live complete sets from her great vocal years exist as well, so there is a lot of choice.
The version at hand has the advantage of being Callas' only complete Norma [though traditional "stage cuts" are taken] in stereo. She also has a strong supporting cast, with Christa Ludwig singing securely and comfortably as Adalgisa and Franco Corelli properly stentorian as Pollione. Tullio Serafin's conducting is as authoritative as ever.
What keeps this from being a definitive choice as _the_ Callas Norma to have is the state of her voice. By 1960, her decline had begun, and the unsteadiness on loud top notes is undeniable, particularly the high C at the end of her opening scena. Just as undeniable is the beauty of the many passages that do not involve high notes, the authority of the phrasing, the almost unbearably moving expression Callas brings to the great scenes such as "Dormono intrambi," "Mira, O Norma," and "Deh, non volere vittime [the final scene]." Ardoin and others are correct in saying that, as a complete portrait of the character and the woman this Norma is the finest of Callas' recorded versions. However, to hear what made Callas' Norma so astonishing as a vocal phenomenon her earlier versions must be explored as well.
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