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Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977) was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century.

Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977) was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic gifts. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini; further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina. Born in New York City and raised by an overbearing mother, she received her musical education in Greece and established her career in Italy. Forced to deal with the exigencies of wartime poverty and with myopia that left her nearly blind onstage, she endured struggles and scandal over the course of her career. Her artistic achievements were such that Leonard Bernstein called her "The Bible of opera"; and her influence was so enduring that, in 2006, Opera News wrote of her: "Nearly thirty years after her death, she's still the definition of the diva as artist—and still one of classical music's best-selling vocalists."

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    Peter Heyworth in the Observer commented, 'it was a performance of outstanding distinction and musicality, full of details that...
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    Maria Callas (2CDs)

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    Maria Callas was one of the most renowned opera singers of the twentieth century.  Hailed as La Divina, and described by Bernstein as...
  1. Maria Callas (2CDs)
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    Maria Callas (2CDs)

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    Peter Heyworth in the Observer commented, 'it was a performance of outstanding distinction and musicality, full of details that illuminated again and again the part as though for the first time'. Opera News said, 'there must have been many Verdi lovers who felt at last that they had come face to face with Violetta herself...’ John Ardoin praised the conductor Nicola Rescigno who ‘brings sanity and song to the performance and was remarkably one with Callas in the ends she sought’. This 1958 recording broadcast live by the BBC’s Home Service has been remastered by Paul Baily using the ICA's Ambient Mastering process, which has enhanced and widened the sound considerably.More details

  2. Maria Callas (2CDs)
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    Maria Callas (2CDs)

    £ 14.99

    Maria Callas was one of the most renowned opera singers of the twentieth century.  Hailed as La Divina, and described by Bernstein as ‘The Bible of opera’, her influence was so enduring that, in 2006, Opera News wrote of her: ‘Nearly thirty years after her death, she's still the definition of the diva as an artist – and still one of classical music’s best-selling vocalists.’Callas first performed Cherubini's Medea in 1953 and continued to perform the role throughout the 1950s and 1960s. This performance on 30 June 1959 at the Royal Opera House received rave reviews: ‘Callas builds her performance into one powerful line of increasing tension. It is the kind of performance which spoils one for anything less from the opera stage.’(George Mayer, American Record Guide).Supported by a strong cast of Jon Vickers, Fiorenza Cossotto and Nicola Zaccaria, ICA Classics’ careful remastering and excellent sound sets this recording apart from all... More details

 

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