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    I have just finished reading The Unknown Callas: The Greek Years and an interesting theory is put forward about why she had the wobble (that was there at the start). The writer of the book suggests it was because Callas strained her voice whilst listening to sopranos on the radio in New York before she ever had singing lessons and he bases this on some statements that Maria Trivella made. I have to say I'm not convinced, but I am not sure which of the theories I support more than the others at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I have just finished reading The Unknown Callas: The Greek Years and an interesting theory is put forward about why she had the wobble (that was there at the start). The writer of the book suggests it was because Callas strained her voice whilst listening to sopranos on the radio in New York before she ever had singing lessons and he bases this on some statements that Maria Trivella made. I have to say I'm not convinced, but I am not sure which of the theories I support more than the others at the moment.

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    Whichever theory one espouses, the truth is that no one knows. Voice teachers, vocal coaches, even other singers have their theories that may or may be true. What is true is that Callas had an imperfect voice, an uneven voice. But that voice was able to express more dramatic truth than any other voice before or since. No need to distort the vocal line to be “dramatic,” or to chew the scenery, or to roll on the floor or sing upside down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS
    But that voice was able to express more dramatic truth than any other voice before or since.
    Couldn't disagree more.

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