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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    I choose the 57 live Anna Bolena because as good as the studio opera and studio recitals are Maria could push herself to more daring colortura live with a supportive crowd and secure voice Callas would go where eagles dare. The live "al dolce guidami" youtube more sublimely heartbreaking and the searing sustained high notes with scale runs before and after surpass the famous studio complete "Mad Scences" version (itself nearly untouchable)




    BTW for me it is not a "zero sum game" I don't like Tebaldi, Price, Sutherland, Moffo etc any less than before......its just that my Callas love seems endless the more I listen to her prime performances
    On your recommendation I listed to the 57 live Bolena. She sounded like 52!!!!!!!!!!! Even the Eb was great. Incredible character developent and musicianship! Thanks. I thought her voice was toast by then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattleoperafan View Post
    On your recommendation I listened to the 57 live Bolena. She sounded like 52!!!!!!!!!!! Even the Eb was great. Incredible character developent and musicianship! Thanks. I thought her voice was toast by then.
    Maria rode the wings of the opera gods that night........

    Almost every live performance from 55 season of La Scala is fabulous, worthy of adoration!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattleoperafan View Post
    On your recommendation I listed to the 57 live Bolena. She sounded like 52!!!!!!!!!!! Even the Eb was great. Incredible character developent and musicianship! Thanks. I thought her voice was toast by then.
    Opening aria sequence 55 Lucia, Maria just crushes it here, listen to that vocal technique she is absolutely fearless, weight loss not effecting anything here (perhaps a bit less bloom but this is live recording remember) .....great BJR vinyl sample from callasfan

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    Opening aria sequence 55 Lucia, Maria just crushes it here, listen to that vocal technique she is absolutely fearless, weight loss not effecting anything here (perhaps a bit less bloom but this is live recording remember) .....great BJR vinyl sample from callasfan

    "Never believe any soprano who says they don't listen to Callas. The first thing every soprano does when she wakes up is to pour herself a glass of orange juice, put on a Callas record, and try to figure out how she did it." (Katia Ricciarelli)

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    Thanks for the insights. I am full of Callas now and will revisit her in summer most likely. Then I can hear her with fresh ears and ears that haven't grown tired of the way she sounds. IT is a failing of mine.

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    Listen more to her chest voice. That's been my favorite part of her voice from the get go, and it stays strong with age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post
    Listen more to her chest voice. That's been my favorite part of her voice from the get go, and it stays strong with age.
    Totally... and it is all there in her speaking voice!!!!!!!!!!! It is my favorite also. Her Suicidio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like the faster vibrato which winds way down up high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Why not just like them all? Of course, we have our favourites according to our taste but I can take in Callas, Sutherland and all the rest of the show. Great! Pick the ones that do the most for you. Then just sit back and enjoy without feeling guilty.
    Exactly this. I have nearly every recording Callas ever made. I lover her. To me, I like uniqueness over run-of-the-mill. To me, that is the greatest thing about Callas - that distinctive voice. You just know it's her immediately. With other sopranos, if I don't know a recording well enough, it's hard to distinguish who is who. That being said, I listen to Callas in small doses, as her repertoire I don't care for much (save Verdi, Il Barbiere and her recital discs). I much prefer to listen to the Baroque and Classical periods, as the romantics and post-moderns tend to bore me.

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    Seattleoperafan:
    You shouldn't have to apologize for not "getting" the Callas that others who feel differently about her do. I completely understand your feelings.

    For me it was an acquiring experience. I finally discovered that I was focusing only on a voice that didn't thrill me. It took a while for me to realize that there was something more than just her voice. She had a way of expressing the same words as others did but with such exquisite depth and feeling that it grabbed me in a way that no others could.

    Her musicianship was impeccable and her devotion to getting things right no matter how long it took proved to me her dedication to the art.

    I was also mesmerized by the girlish charm of her off-stage personality which I found to be unique and down-to-earth, if not, at times, mean-spirited and nasty.

    She was the complete package.
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    One of the singers Callas sang with, or more likely one of the conductors she worked with, said he “couldn’t separate the voice from what she expressed with it.” That’s is what she is to me: the total expression of the music she sings. I may not like the sound she makes, this or that sour note, the sometimes ”fearfully uncontrolled” high notes (can’t remember which critic said that - Philip Hope-Wallace?); however, whatever she sings remains in my memory as the ideal way to express it.
    “Majestic justness” as another critic (Musical America) put it (in Norma, I believe). No one can touch her. No one has matched or surpassed her interpretations. Prettier voices or perfect voices can’t be as expressive or even approximate Callas’s expression. Cuts don’t matter if the “extra” music is not well expressed, or even as well sung as Callas sings.

    Callas rules!

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    Last edited by MAS; Apr-20-2019 at 05:40.

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