The 1958 Lisbon performance of Verdi’s La traviata is famous and widely available. Today’s YouTube clip, though, offers perhaps the cleanest and most precise sound quality I’ve heard among Lisbon Traviate. The selection takes us from the beginning of Act I through the brindisi, and the incomparable Alfredo Kraus portrays Alfredo Germont.
(Confession: I am not a “collector.” I live in a tiny apartment and am perfectly happy to own one version of a given recording—the version that I already own! I do know that there are individuals and companies doing wonderful work locating new, improved sources for many “live” Callas sets, or cleaning up existing sources, but I claim no expertise whatsoever in these matters.)
I find that Callas’s voice is heard to its best advantage here. And you?
Last year I posted video footage from the Lisbon Traviata.
It’s Verdi’s birthday week! Have you visited Verdi Duecento?