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Tullio Serafin

Tullio Serafin

(1878 - 1968)


Tullio Serafin was a leading Italian opera conductor.

In a very long career and with a very broad repertoire he was famed for reviving many of the 19th century's bel canto operas by Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti.

He had an enormous reputation for mentoring and assisting young singers with whom he worked closely.

In 1924 he joined the Metropolitan Opera where he remained for a decade - then moved on to become the artistic director of the Teatro Reale in Rome.

Among the singers he worked with was Rosa Ponselle, Joan Sutherland and Maria Callas. He also nurtured the talents of composers such as Alban Berg, Paul Dukas and Benjamin Britten.

Tullio Serafin is particularly noted for the legacy of full opera recordings he made with Maria Callas during the period 1952 to 1960.

They include:

Armida - 1952
Lucia di Lammermoor - 1953
I Puritani - 1953
Cavalleria Rusticana - 1953
Norma - 1954
I Pagliacci - 1954
La Forza del Destino - 1954
Aida - 1955
Rigoletto - 1955
Turandot - 1957
Manon Lescaut - 1957
Medea - 1957
Mefistofele - 1958
Lucia di Lammermoor - 1959
Norma - 1960

It is no secret that Maria Callas did not suffer fools - but her respect for Serafin as an authoritative musician and Maestro was absolute.

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