Aida – Callas, Baum

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Callas, Baum, Simionato, Weede, Moscona, Ruffino, Sagarminaga; Picco. 1950.

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Giulietta Simionato Interviewed by Stefan Zucker, transcribed from the outtakes to the film Opera Fanatic: Stefan and the Divas

Stefan Zucker: How were relations between Callas and Kurt Baum [who sang with her in Mexico]?

Giulietta Simionato: [Laughs.] Terrible! They disagreed about everything and always were fighting. He was jealous because, when they sang Aïda, she interpolated a high E [E-flat] in the concertato, saying that [Angela] Peralta, a celebrated nineteenth-century soprano, had sung it. And the director of the theater said, “Yes, yes, sing it. Peralta also sang it. But don’t tell Maestro Serafin. He’d kill me.” It was in questionable taste. That man, Baum, was furious because she had an enormous success with that E [laughs]. He stepped on the train of her costume, to prevent her from moving forward, and she was rabid–RABID.

SZ: But not to the point of refusing to sing with him.

GS: No, no. They were there–they had to sing together. She didn’t refuse. He didn’t refuse either. However they were enemies.


Aïda
Aïda….Maria Callas
Radamès….Kurt Baum
Amneris….Giulietta Simionato
Amonasro….Robert Weede
Ramfis….Nicola Moscona
Il Re….Ignacio Ruffino
Un messaggero….Carlos Sagarminaga

Orchestra and Chorus of the Palacio de las Bellas Artes
Mexico City
May 30, 1950
Guido Picco, conductor

Act I
1. Preludio
2. Si, corre voce
3. Se quel guerrier io fossi!…Celeste Aïda
4. Quale insolita gioia
5. Vieni, o diletta
6. Alta cagion v’aduna
7. Su! del nilo al sacro lido
8. Ritorna vincitor!
9. Possente Fhtà
10. Immenso Fthà
11. Nume, custode e vindice
Act II
12. Chi mai fra gl’inni e i plausi
13. Danza degli schiavi mori
14. Vieni, sui crin ti piovano
15. Fu la sorte dell’armi
16. Pietà ti prenda
17. Gloria all’Egitto, ad Iside
18. Marcia trionfale
19. Ballabile
20. Vieni, o guerriero vindice
21. Salvator della patria
22. Ma che veggo! Egli? Mio padre!
23. O Re, pei sacri Numi
Act III
24. O tu che sei d’Osiride
25. Qui Radamès verrà
26. O patria mia
27. Ciel, mio padre!…Riverdrai le foreste imbalsamate
28. Pur ti reveggo, mia dolce Aïda
29. Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti
30. Ma dimmi: per qual via
Act IV
31. L’aborrita rivale a me sfuggia
32. Già i sacredoti adunansi
33. Ohimè! Morir mi sento
34. A lui vivo, la tomba
35. La fatal pietra
36. O terra addio