Maria Callas as Dalila

Maria Callas recorded “Printemps qui commence ” and two other arias from Saint-Saën’s Samson et Dalila in 1961.

There is little to say about this performance; one simply wonders at its silken, sensuous elegance. Like many, I find it regrettable that Callas did not explore (at least on disc) the rôle of Dalida in its entirety, Berlioz’s Didon and Cassandre, Valentine in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots (offered to her by La Scala), and other so-called Falcon rôles.

I posted a few months ago Callas’s recording of “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix.” It was not released until after her death because she struggles to support her lowest phrases. But, again, what a radiantly sexy performance she gives!

By the way, bonne fête nationale to French friends and readers. Vive la France!


  1. Her rendition of this uber-seductive aria is just about the sexiest I've ever heard her sound. It sends shivers down my spine. Thank you for posting it. ♥smooch galore♥

  2. Dear heart: Thank you for the visit and the comment. You are *my* idol as an arbiter elegantiarum, so your comment means a lot to me. ♥ smooches right back at you ♥