Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 9:00pm to Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 1:00am
Undoubtedly, Maria Callas was a primary instigator in the bel canto revival that highlighted both the drama and the music of this nearly forgotten repertoire. Tune in to Saturday Night At The Opera for one of her greatest triumphs, Paolina in Donizetti's Poliuto. The title role of this opera on early Armenian martyrs in the Roman Empire is one of Donizetti's most spectacular creations, a challenge which the young Franco Corelli meets easily. In this live 1960 recording from La Scala, Antonino Votto conducts a cast that also features Ettore Bastianini and Nicola Zaccaria. Stepan Atamian hosts.