Started by knight66, May 08, 2007, 06:16:02 AM
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Quote from: zamyrabyrd on May 13, 2007, 11:19:32 AMDo you think that Legge was accidentally on purpose favoring his own wife over Callas? After all, he seemed to be pretty astute in showing off his own dear Elizabeth in recordings. The Karajan recording of Butterfly was shocking to me in that the orchestra almost completely drowns her out at times, especially in the beginning when she first appears. I'm wondering if such doings went unnoticed by Meneghini and HIS wife.ZB
Quote from: zamyrabyrd on May 15, 2007, 01:43:53 AMNow, I would like to call attention back to Mike's pictures of Callas where her eyes and hands are very prominent. Callas was very aware of her hands and liked them more than her voice or figure. She remained a fat girl in a slim woman's body. Serafin made her self conscious about the timbre of her voice, not the suave, rolling sound they were used to in Italy, calling it "vocaccia". And I agree that if she were around today, she would not be more than a blip on the radar. It was the whole congruence of events that made her and the time in which it happened. All I can say is to be grateful for what we have.Back to the expressive hands, this is really the kind of finish one would expect from a dancer. But Callas was a good pianist as well. There is a feedback from how one shapes one's hands. The feeling I believe goes both ways. Just doing that splayed back position in the first photo makes one FEEL tensed. Try it.She may have gotten some of this from Zeffirelli as well since Teresa Stratas spoke about how in rehearsal of Boheme, he impressed on her the importance of faint hands towards the end of the opera.ZB
Quote from: Michel on May 15, 2007, 02:46:39 PMWas she when young considered attractive?
Quote from: knight on May 15, 2007, 07:35:08 PMHere is an excellent article on her, it is not gush, it has a lot of technical discussion by musicians on what was individual about her and where her problems lay.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Callas#Weight_loss
Quote from: zamyrabyrd on May 16, 2007, 12:00:50 AMThe chest voice in men's and women's voices should not be brought up past the passagio into the head voice.
Quote from: MrOsa on May 16, 2007, 12:53:53 AMI was amazed to see the number of theories as I've always heard only 2, usually mentioned together: too many too heavy roles + overusing the chest voice (though most people agree she did that to great effect - it ruined her voice nonetheless; still - many say it was worth it). The overuse of chest voice is mentioned in the first paragraph of that "Vocal Decline" section in the wikipedia article but someone should definitely expand that one sentence into at least another paragraph.
Quote from: MrOsa on May 16, 2007, 03:05:54 AMSorry, I should have made myself clearer: I meant using chest tones in very high areas usually reserved for head voice. Callas did that a lot.
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