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Maria Callas - La Divina
Giacomo Puccini, Vincenzo Bellini, Georges Bizet
Maria Callas - La Divina
Genre: Classical
 
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If you want to know the reason behind all the fuss about Maria Callas, buy this CD. Callas's great gift was not purity of tone or emission, reliability, or sheer loveliness; it was, rather, her ability to change her voca...  more »

      
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If you want to know the reason behind all the fuss about Maria Callas, buy this CD. Callas's great gift was not purity of tone or emission, reliability, or sheer loveliness; it was, rather, her ability to change her vocal color and style to suit not only particular periods of opera but to get under the skin of the individual characters she portrayed. Here you will hear the 18-year-old Butterfly imagining the return of her beloved; the sultry, adult Carmen seducing all around her; the youthful Wally telling her cruel father that she will go off into the cold wilderness rather than give up her boyfriend; the sly Rosina planning to outfox her guardian; the priestess Norma performing a sacred rite; Dalila wrapping Samson around her little finger and more; Gioconda contemplating suicide when all hope is gone; Gilda recalling the name of the boy she's just fallen for; and the icy princess Turandot reliving the rape of her ancestor and swearing that no man will possess her. And you'll believe them all. At times Callas's vocalism is a bit wiry (Juliette sounds stressed, for instance); but, in all, this is like a visit with 16 women, all of them interesting, and all of them great singers! --Robert Levine

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Essential!!
pspa | Boston, MA USA | 03/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Even if you believe (correctly) that there are sopranos with better voices, and even if you prefer modern digital recordings, if you are at all a fan of opera, you must buy at least one CD -- preferably this one -- of Maria Callas. There is something incredibly mesmerizing about her, an emotional quality and range that is unique, even if her voice does tremble in the upper register. Her La Wally is unsurpassed in my mind, the great "L'Amour est un oiseau rebelle" from Carmen is as well, and while Leontyne Price takes a backseat to noone in Puccini, Callas' versions are special as well. A wonderful cross section of 16 of the greatest arias of all time, plus the chance to hear Callas in an astonishing range of roles. Buy it."
Callas is the greatest!
Vicki J. Kondelik | 09/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been collecting Callas' recordings for a little over a year now, and I have a special feeling for this one because it's the first Callas CD I ever bought. Callas sings a great variety of arias on this CD, and it's amazing how she changes her voice for each role. For example, what a contrast between the aria from Samson and Dalila, and the very next aria, "Caro nome" from Rigoletto! And yet she always remains Callas. No other singer moves me emotionally as she does. Also, I have to disagree with the reviewer who didn't like the version of "Vissi d'Arte" that was used on this CD. This is my favorite "Vissi d'Arte" ever! I love the one on the 1953 recording, too, but the 1964 version is so moving! There's nothing like it. And you can get the 1953 version without buying the complete recording (even though I highly recommend the complete recording); it's available on the collection "Maria Callas: Voice of the Century"."