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Quote from: Tsaraslondon on September 16, 2022, 01:11:48 AMReviving this thread with a reminder that today marks the 45th anniversary of Callas's death.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on October 14, 2022, 01:38:03 PMThank you for the reminder. A good day today to revisit and appreciate her amazing voice and wonderful recordings. If I might continue our discussion from elsewhere regarding changes in voice and your thoughts that it had to due with weight loss (amongst other things), I happened to stumble across this interesting article/reply (from a vocal coach) regarding weight loss, changes and challenges to ones new body, and Callas: http://vocaltechnician.com/weightloss.htmlHis background (from the same site): http://vocaltechnician.com/biography.htmlCurious as to your thoughts.Best wishes,PD
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on September 25, 2023, 04:30:00 AMBumping this thread as December sees the 100th Anniversary of Callas's birth. Many magazines are celebrating with special commemorative issues and Warner have released a massive box set, which includes all her live and studio recordings, though I'm not sure whom this is for, as most people will already have everything. It does include one extra disc of rehearsal takes and out-takes from some of her 1960s recording sessions, but almost £300 is a lot to pay for single disc!Anyway. Here is my contribution to the centenary, a chronology of all her stage role and their essential recordings.
Quote from: ando on September 25, 2023, 06:34:34 AMA fun anniversary, no doubt, that will see some wonderful as well as useless collections of Callas memoranda. Thanks for the post. And not to rain on your parade but I'm posting Dave Hurwitz' pan of the new Warner box. As always, take him with a grain of salt.
Quote from: ando on October 20, 2023, 12:53:29 PMEnjoying this extended discussion involving Callas about Callas. I'm not a fan of reaction videos, to say the least, but watching Callas' reaction to colleagues talking about her work and to her own recordings, especially, is surprisingly sweet.
Quote from: ando on October 20, 2023, 01:46:15 PMTurned out quite differently that I anticipated though I might have known better. Callas was a force of nature - and I completely agree with her life philosophy.
Quote from: ando on October 24, 2023, 10:03:59 PMThis 1961 recording of Norma on CD was waiting for me to pick up a local used music shop (Princeton Record Exchange) today and because she's been in the air, so to speak, I didn't hesitate to purchase it. Led by the conductor of which Callas was full of praise in the video above, I was also glad to hear that it's one of the go-to Normas on record. Several versions of it on the Tube. This is one of the best:
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on October 25, 2023, 05:39:13 AMThis was the first complete opera recording I owned, a Christmas gift from my brother. I'd have been around eighteen or nineteen at the time. I still have a great deal of affection for it and, though I now prefer the live 1955 La Scala version (available from various sources, but best on Divina), I actually prefer this 1960 set to the earlier 1954 recording. Callas's top register is occasionally strident, but I find her portrayal here more moving, more inward. Furthermore Corelli is a great improvement on Fillipeschi and Ludwig a surprisingly successful Adalgisa, who sounds, as she should, like the younger woman. Stignani was showing her age by the time of the earlier recording. Zaccaria is a firmer voiced Oroveso than Rossi-Lemeni and the sound is of course much better. Serafin is superb in both.Callas's 1960 studio Norma
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on December 02, 2023, 09:10:46 AMLa Divina, Maria Callas was born 100 years ago today. Leonard Bernstein once called her "the bible of opera" and 100 years after her birth she continues to exert her influence, though she last performed on the operatic stage in 1965. Artists of her stature only come around once in a lifetime, if that. She was and is unique and today we celebrate her centenary.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on December 05, 2023, 08:24:28 AMGreat photo of her! Any idea as to where and when that was taken?NPR had a very nice story on her recently. I'll see if I can find a link to it.By the way, last I read, there was some confusion as to when her birthday was exactly. I remember reading that it had been narrowed down to Dec. 2nd to Dec. 4th. Were "they" able to narrow it down further?PDp.s. Here you go: https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2023/12/02/1216549233/maria-callas-the-soprano-of-the-century
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