Callas, Maria. Armida Opera in 3 atti di A. Schmidt. Musica di Gioacchino Rossini. Firenze: Teatro Comunale, 26 Aprile 1952, 29 Aprile 1952, 4 Maggio 1952. 26 pages, unpaginated. 26.8 cm. Bound in a heavy paper wrapper, bound under the aegis of XV Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 1952. Original price: 300 Lire.
Souvenir program of the first twentieth century revival of Rossini’s Armida by the legendary operatic diva Maria Meneghini-Callas, performing one of her legendary roles in Armida only three times under the baton of Tullio Serafin, with choreography of Leonid Massine. It is said Callas learned this demanding role in only a week. A history of the opera by Rodolfo Paoli, “Incanto di Armida,” in Italian, is followed by the “Argomento,” or synopsis of the opera, with illustrations in black-and-white of the stage settings, in Italian, French, German and English. Fine condition.