Callas, Arie On Air

If we close our eyes for a moment, the imagination can take us back to the 1950s. These are the days when Sirmione welcomes a young woman: Maria Anna Sofia Cecilia Kalogheropoulos, an extraordinary voice who has already made a lot of talk about herself in the world of Italian and international opera.

The chronicles of the time speak to us above all of her life as an artist and her sentimental story. Sirmione remains in the background: the peninsula is a place to rest between one stage and another and spend peaceful moments.
Far from the magazines, the memory of her Sirmione days, however, remained for a long time in the memory of the people who knew her, perhaps by chance meeting her in the streets of the historic center, walking along the beaches or in the garden of her villa.

The route:

Callas, Arie On Air trace back in the footsteps of Maria Callas in Sirmione: a way to imagine her then and to bring her back to us today thanks to the beautiful music she left us. The route consists of 10 stages in 10 suggestive and characteristic places of the peninsula: Casa del pescatore, Punta Grò, Lido di Lugana, Lido Galeazzi, Via XXV Aprile, Veduta Sandro Pertini, Piazza Carducci, Parco Callas, San Pietro in Mavino, Piazzale Orti Manara.

10 stages for 10 of the most beautiful arias interpreted by Maria Callas taken from historical recordings of the Divina.

At each stage, citizens and tourists will find a graphic showing the name of the romance, a short presentation text and a QR code to be framed with your smartphone to be able to listen to Maria Callas’ interpretation.

The 10 arias are taken from the collections The very best of Maria Callas published by Warner Classic, Maria Callas, Serie Immortales published by YoYo Usa, Maria Callas, I puritani e la sonnambula, published by All I have to do is dream, Collection: The Voice of The Opera Diva published by Halidon Music. The texts are edited by Fabio Larovere.

Mappa Callas On Air

The complete itinerary and the selected arias:

Casta diva
dalla Norma di Vincenzo Bellini (1831)
Casa del Pescatore

La mamma morta
da Andrea Chénier di Umberto Giordano (1896)
Punta Grò

da La gioconda di Amilcare Ponchielli (1876)
Lido di Lugana

Ah non giunge, uman pensiero
da La sonnambula di Vincenzo Bellini (1831)
Lido Galeazzi

Un bel dì vedremo
da Madama Butterfly di Giacomo Puccini (1904)
Via XXV Aprile 

Vissi d’arte
da Tosca di Giacomo Puccini (1900)
Veduta Sandro Pertini

da Carmen di Georges Bizet (1875)
Piazza Carducci

Una voce poco fa
da Il barbiere di Siviglia di Gioachino Rossini (1816)
Parco Callas

Al dolce guidami
da Anna Bolena di Gaetano Donizetti (1830)
San Pietro in Mavino

Addio del passato
da La Traviata di Giuseppe Verdi (1853)
Piazzale Orti Manara

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