Available 22nd September, available to pre-order now: http://smarturl.it/maria-re... Warner Classics presents the most ambitious and extensive project ever undertaken in the name of the Maria Callas catalogue: a groundbreaking remastered edition of her complete recordings. For the first time this century, a team of world-class sound engineers at London's Abbey Road Studios — where Callas herself recorded — returned to her original master tapes to bring previously unimaginable clarity and depth to the legacy of the most iconic opera star of all time. The complete Maria Callas edition comprises a lavish boxed set of 39 newly remastered studio recordings (totalling 69 discs) from 1949 to 1969 — each with the original sleeve art preserved.
Currently Music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Antonio Pappano was born in London of Italian parents. At the age of 13 he moved with his family to the United States, where he continued his studies in piano, composition and conducting. Work as a repetiteur and assistant conductor rapidly led to his engagement in theatres throughout the world: New York City Opera, Gran Teatro del Liceo (Barcelona), Frankfurt Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Bayreuth Festival, where he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim for Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal and the Der Ring des Nibelungen.
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