Maria Meneghini Callas

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9780671711603: Maria Meneghini Callas

This appraisal of one of the world's greatest divas focuses on her vocal art as her only real claim to immortality. The author offers insights to her genius, drawing on memories, recordings and interviews. By the author of "The Record of Singing" volumes 1 and 2 and "The Great Caruso".

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From Kirkus Reviews:

A study of Callas (1923-77) not to be missed. Scott (Artistic Director/London Opera Society; The Great Caruso, 1988) met and saw Callas perform several times in houses throughout the world and proves even more personally knowledgeable and fine-tuned about her voice than John Ardoin did in his encyclopedic The Callas Legacy (1977). Though a biography that breaks myths and draws upon fresh accounts written by Callas's family and secretary during the past decade, as well as upon interviews with Callas's fellow singers, conductors, and producers, this is as much a book about singing as about a person. The focus is equally upon the voice as the life, or upon the life of the voice, with only about a ten-year span in which the voice was at its most secure and responsive to every nuance of feeling Callas wished it to produce. Born in New York, she early began vocal training, went to Greece in the late 30's to study, began concertizing and learning roles. Most adept at florid bel canto, her voice stood up to the rigors of Isolde, Turandot, and Leonora, roles that called for a big sound to battle against the orchestra. She gave up these roles (Turandot was ``a voice-wrecker,'' and houses called for Isoldes in German, not Callas's limpid, spontaneous, tender Italian), turned largely to Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, and the young Verdi, in whom she found huge rooms of fresh vocal drama untouched by fellow singers, allowing space for her dramatic coloratura. While still ``amazingly fat,'' and jealous of her svelte sister, Jackie (as she was to be later of another svelte Jackie), she married her aging patron, Giovanni Meneghini, and in her voice's declining years ran off with aging billionaire Aristotle Onassis. Callas died in Paris, weakened by pills, abandoned by Ari. A feast for fans, refreshing as a bowl of sun-ripened pears. (Illustrations--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

One can scarcely imagine a more detailed scrutiny of the great soprano's career than that in the present volume, written by the founder of the London Opera Society. Virtually every performance is chronicled, along with the attendant backstage gossip and intrigue. Although she died in 1977, Callas's greatest years as an opera singer are shown to coincide with her marriage to Giovanni Battista Meneghini, which lasted from 1948 until she left him for Aristotle Onassis in 1959. At that point, almost in Dorian Gray fashion, she became a jet-set celebrity whose glamor grew as her voice faded. The author, artistic director of the London Opera Society and author of several books on opera (e.g., The Great Caruso , LJ 9/15/88), includes authoritative discussions of Callas's recordings and firsthand accounts of many performances. Although general readers are likely to be put off by the shop talk, this is indispensable reading for opera buffs. For serious music collections.
- E. Gaub, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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