Sempre libera
by Maria Callas + 811 plays


Maria Callas sings “Sempre libera” from Verdi’s La Traviata, live at La Scala, 1955.


I know Aida generally isn’t considered one of Maria’s greatest roles but seriously…THIS!


The INCREDIBLE dramatic-coloratura Soprano Rosa Ponselle singing ‘Ernani!Ernani involami…/Tutto sprezzo’ from Verdi’s opera Ernani.

Ponselle had one of the most gorgeously even, nuanced and melting tone to her voice, with total fluidity between her upper and lower register. Just listen to the endless trill in the cabaletta. It’s heaven.


This is my 1000th post.  Maria Callas and Alfredo Kraus sing ‘Amami, Alfredo!’ from the Lisbon Traviata, 1958.

I’m not sure it can get any better than this.


Soprano Montserrat Caballe sings Amelia’s ‘Morro, ma prima in grazia’ from Verdi’s ‘Un Ballo in Maschera.’  Rome, 1969. 

How does Montserrat Caballe get all that air?  Holy shit.


More Live from the Met!  Mezzo Tatiana Troyanos sings Eboli’s ‘O don fatale’ from Verdi’s ‘Don Carlo.’  Met, 1980.  

Someone in the comments called this a “go for broke” performance.  Absolutely.  


Anna Netrebko discusses new roles she will be singing

Thank goodness. Heavier rep. Can’t wait to hear her lady Macbeth.

Sad she won’t ever sing Desdemona because her Ave Maria is Beautiful.

I still vote for Alice Ford to be added to the rep. 

Oh, and Happy Birthday to her, I suppose!


Anna Moffo, La Traviata


Kiri te Kanawa and Placido Domingo sing ‘Gia nella notte densa’ from Verdi’s Otello, 1984.

30 day opera challenge

Day 23 - Evil character you would like to play - Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth is a dream role in the theatre and no less so in the opera world, thanks to Verdi’s music, which calls for a harsh, almost emotionless tone, achievable by very few singers. 

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