New Naxos release: 1954 Recordings Naxos just released an album called "Maria Callas Puccini Heroines and Lyric Arias" comprised of mainly (only?) 1954 recordings. I think half of it is the "lyric" half of the Lyric and Coloratura album tracks, but the first 6 are new to me and absolutely riveting. 1954 and 1955 are my favorite years for Callas, so I'm gaga over this album.
115 icons I wanted to have done this entry 2 days ago, as my little tribute to Maria Callas aka La Divina. Why? the anwser is simple: 30th anniversary of her mysterious death in Paris at the age of 54. And as I fan I though this would be something nice in her memory. I know I could have finished all yesterday if my msn friends hadn't lost their skills to understand the meaning of BUSY Making Maria Callas icons
Maria Callas  - including some from Medea's movie
La Callas I adore Maria Callas i have recently ordered a biography from amazon which i hope to recieve soon! I was inspired to make some Maria icons after seeing a fellow LiveJournal members great icons. I'm new to the whole icon making thing, But i'd love to know what you all think:) I would also love to make more soon. Maria is such a wonderful subject.
callas on her weight and self evaluation I accidentally stumbled upon this interview titled "Maria Callas interview talking about her weight" with sound from what was presumably a radio interview and some clown uploaded a still shot of Callas eating. For the first two minutes it actually is about her motivations to lose weight, and it gradually becomes more personal, and spirals into a description of her internal monologue on self evaluation. Even her speaking voice is lovely, the way she speaks is just as interesting as what she's saying, take a listen.
collaborators Not to venture so quickly OT but does anyone have favorite recordings that pair Callas and Fedora Barbieri? I can't remember which recording I first heard Barbieri on but I think she makes a great foil for Callas. Who is your favorite female pair with Callas?
my inspiration This lady is the closest I've ever come to being religious.
Hi, my name's Eleanor and I'm new to this community. I notice that it's been inactive for some time, I'd really like to see it get going again. Does anybody know what's going on with the remastered recording of Callas doing Norma that Amazon.com is selling, on preorder for years from now? What's up with that?
I have to give Maria Callas credit for getting me involved in the world of Opera. It's been 4 years since I first heard her (thanks also to Napster, when it was hot and free, and I was still in college). I'm now a season subscriber to the Lyric Opera here in Chicago, and just this Sat, I attended this season's opening night gala, with Puccini's Turandot. It inspired me to finally take a picture of the painting I did a couple of months of Maria Callas, and put it on my blog.
Please visit my blog at ialmonte.blogspot.com as I'd like to share with my co-Callas fans my portraits of her.
I <3 Callas So, yesterday my 3 CD set of Maria Callas arrived. I listened to them at work. It's put out by TIME Music and it's not that great - a lot of rough, live tracks from Theatro della Scalla, but there are things I haven't heard before and the set was cheap on e-Bay so I'd still call it a deal.
I think EMI/Angel still produces the best Callas CD sets and Records. I went out and bought a Crowley record player specifically for all my Callas oriented records. ^_^
La Divina and I My life has never been the same since I heard Callas. The first time I Heard her voice was about five years ago. At that time I had now idea the impact in which this stunningly unique sound would have over me.
The way in which I came upon Callas was quite unique. During the summer, of 2005, I was invited to sing at the Banff Center(Alberta, Canada)In there young artist programe, Opera as theater. Well there I experienced Callas for the first time. I had gotten really drunk with some of the artists and we were sitting around just listen to famous aria's, well playing cards. Tosca's aria Vissi d'arte started to play and It was amazing. I had never heard a voice that really lived the aria, It was indiscribable! A group of about nine drunk singers just stopped every thing! You could have heard a pin drop in this room. We were all in tears. I thought it was just the booze but boy was I rong. The next day I woke up craving more. All I could think about was that haunting prayer (Vissi d'arte)sung in that awesomely soulful voice. Since then I havent been able to get enough! I listen to her religiously. At school, in the gym, well doing home work, and well sleeping.
Her voice has pierced my soul like a sword. She is my greatest inspiration! Both in my life and Career. It has been reflected in recent reviews
"His dedication to dramatic interpretation calls up the spectre of opera diva Maria Callas, whose art and lived experience would eventually collide when she became the real-life heroine of a tragic love triangle. "I adore her life," says Hiles. "I try to model my career after her."" ~eXtra West~
"In performance, Hiles does exude that Callas-esque involvement with the work. His eyes, below a mop of poet's black hair, shake with passion; his hands reach out longingly." ~eXtra West~
These reviews brought me to tears. When I think that the only thing we have left of La Divina are her recordings, it really hurts. It hurts knowing that Millions upon Millions of people will never see her live. 46 years with out La Divina on a major stage. What a tragic state in which the opera world dwells.
Callas I Love you!!! The World Loves you! We will never forget!
During rehearsals for the Rome 'Parsifal' Maria refused to kiss her onstage lover, sung by the Viennese tenor Hans Beirer, screaming at conductor Serafin, 'His breath stinks of God knows what!' Beirer was promptly dispatched to scrub his teeth, but Maria still refused to kiss him, this time claiming she didn't know how to kiss a man in public. Serafin then mounted the platform and showed her how - planting a long, lingering 'smacker' on the baritone's mouth which, Maria later declared, both men enjoyed immensely.