Sunday, January 2, 2011

Maria Callas Biography: Triumphant Years of Success

1953 - February
First commercial recording for EMI is Lucia di Lammermoor, recorded in Florence.
Later in the year Callas begins a series of complete opera recordings at La Scala, starting with I puritani and Cavalleria rusticana conducted by Serafin, followed by Tosca conducted by Victor de Sabata.

New Look Era Begins
Callas reduces her weight by 30 kilos and her appearance changes dramatically. She records a further four complete operas at La Scala and her first two recital discs in London.
Maria Callas's new look
in 1954 she has lost 30 kilos.
1954 - November
Maria Callas returns to the USA to sing Norma, La traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor in Chicago.

1954 - December
She opens the season at La Scala in La vestale, working for the first time with theatre and film director Luchino Visconti.