Maria Callas: Ten Heresies (II)

A while back (too long ago for SEO purposes), I posted the first half of a piece about the prima donna assoluta del mondo, Maria Callas. I promised a total of ten heresies about that most famous and so often misunderstood singers. Herewith are the other four. The second Tosca recording is better than the first The received wisdom is that the recording of Tosca that Callas made under the baton of Victor de Sabata in 1953 is one ofRead more

Maria Callas: Ten Heresies (I)

Having provided my thoughts on such singers as Birgit Nilsson, Shirley Verrett and Beverly Sills, I’m herewith turning my attention to the singer who is widely considered the prima donna assoluta del mondo, Maria Callas. While Sills was a phenomenon in her day, the Callas phenomenon has proven even bigger and far more durable. When I first came to opera in the mid-1970s, she was already a legend. I recall news of her death, and I recall being puzzled whenRead more