Tosca was the role in which – in 1965, the year this recording was made – Maria Callas gave her last complete performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera and the Paris Opéra.
This was her final complete recording of an opera, and, 12 years after her first version of Tosca (made in Milan under the baton of Victor de Sabata), it reunited her with the Scarpia of Tito Gobbi. They were joined by Carlo Bergonzi as Cavaradossi. Gramophone praised ‘a thrilling and very complete interpretation, with scene after scene, bar after bar, brought to life by sheer intelligence and dramatic insight’.
Recorded 1964 & 1965, Salle Wagram, Paris | Remastered from the original tapes in 2014
Full libretto in Italian, with translations in English, Germand and French
Maria Callas (Tosca), Carlo Bergonzi (Cavaradossi), Tito Gobbi (Scarpia), Giorgio Tadeo (Il Sagristano), Leonardo Monreale (Angelotti), Renato Ercolani (Spoletta), Ugo Trama (Sciarrone), David Sellar (Un pastore), Leonardo Monreale (Un carceriere)
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Paris Opera Chorus, Georges Prêtre