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Maria Callas, the Voice of the Century
Renato Ercolani, Carlo Forti, Vincenzo Bellini
Maria Callas, the Voice of the Century
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (28) - Disc #2


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Passion! Not "Pretty".
Matthew | Dallas, Texas United States | 08/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I assume many who are considering this recording are familiar with the artistry of Maria Callas already. This CD offers the best of Maria Callas' many legendary performances and is one of my favorite possessions.
Ms. Callas' voice was never beautiful in the classical sense. It's far too metallic to be considered "pretty". And who cares?
No performer in the world of opera has produced the passion and drama of a Callas performance. The woman single-handedly revived characterization in the world of opera, as well as reviving the Bel Canto era into modern performance.
If soothing, pretty voices provide you with all you want from the world of opera, this collection may not be for you. Go with Sutherland or ... gulp ... te Kanawa. Pretty is their thing.
However, if you appreciate drama, passion, and gut-wrenching performances in your artists, this is a must have for your collection.
In my opinion, this is the ultimate compilation album of "La Divina" -- the best of her work. The Voice of the Century.
The first CD reveals her breathtaking early soprano voice, glorious and powerful.
The second CD explores a brilliant, delicious array of her later years, predominantly Mezzo performances, with all the fire and joy and sorrow that only Mme. Callas could convey.
If you want sweet, pretty, relaxing voices...try Marilyn McCoo.
If you know and love Callas, or are pining for a more interesting, gutsy turn, this is a recording you won't regret owning."
I loved this!
DivinaEdita | 01/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this to find out who was "right" there have been many debates... And mind you, I'm a beauty-purist just check my nickname, but I loved this recording. To me the voice of the century might always be Gruberova but Callas definitely sang a greater variety of roles and sound stupenduos. Just magnificent!"
Callas IS La Divina!
DivinaEdita | 05/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Callas lives up to her title of "La Divina" in this CD. The arias that are compiled in it are the most beautiful ever written. Callas is at times powerful, seductive, tragic. but most of all , elegant. Simply beautiful. I especially liked the songs from "CARMEN" and "FAUST" songs that she never performed on stage but recorded them in a studio. I loved it and listen to it over and over."