[82] Vincenzo Bellini – Norma

31 Oct

It’s official.  I’m going to have a really hard time with the Operas in this list.

Tullio Serafin conducting the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

Tullio Serafin conducting the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

Whenever I have taken the opportunity to attend an opera in person, it has been an amazing experience – the spectacle, the performances, the story telling.

I am not feeling any of this listening to Maria Callas and friends on this 1954 recording.  In fact, I’m not feeling much of anything.

Opera is about telling a story, moving an audience, hitting the heights.  Listening to these old fashioned sounds without context leaves me cold.  Even Callas’ clean and impressive range can’t keep me interested, since it is forever before her first appearance, and even once she is included there are far more tracks without her than with . . .

I listen to Broadway and West End cast albums all the time – they are some of my favorite albums – but in almost every case I have bought the album after seeing and loving the show.

So perhaps a recording of The Magic Flute or A View From The Bridge might move me in a way that this (and The Death of Klinghoffer before it) does not.

Or perhaps I’d just be better off going to see a modern production of the Operatic recordings Moon highlights . . .

Next Week:  Bembeya Jazz National – The Syliphone Years

Owned before blogging? No. (9 of 82 = 11%)
Heard before blogging? No. (12 of 82 = 15%)
Recommend? No. (66 of 82 = 80%)


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