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Who do you prefer in this, Callas or Sutherland

  • Maria Callas

    Votes: 18 78.3%
  • Joan Sutherland

    Votes: 5 21.7%
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Just as a supplement, some early records have made their way onto Youtube such as Nellie Melba from 1910 and Suzanne Brohly, 1920. I rather enjoyed the version by Maria Jeritza from 1926.

If we stick with electric records, there are some interesting versions including Cernay and Tirard and also Anderson in a live broadcast.

Germaine Cernay, 1928

Charlotte Tirard, 1929

Marian Anderson, 1943
 

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In the end, I cast my vote for Sutherland.

I enjoy Callas' performance but I find there is a vulnerability and resignation to Sutherland's performance which I find more moving. Just occasionally, Callas' forceful, proactive artistry grates on me. The bitterness and scorn and doleful sound are epic, but I've found it a bit of a relief this past week when turning to Tebaldi in Traviata, Souliotis in Norma, Sutherland in this Le Cid.
 
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