Sola, perdutta abbandonata

dug dug Follow Dec 18, 2003 · 1 min read
At almost every performance, Callas paid the price for not being a 'perfect' singer. And yet for the rest of the audience (the good people, I want to call them) these human failings were of small importance next to the total accomplishment of Maria Callas herself and a Callas Violetta or Norma in particular. For them, for us, for me, Callas made opera live. She made the notes and words of the great 19th-century Italian Romantic composers and poets sound spontaneous, inevitable, even natural.
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Other sopranos only sing ‘Vessi d’arte’ in Tosca. Only Callas talks to God.

“Sola” is 12 minutes long. It’s the last fragment of Pucinni’s Manon and I still find myself crying at the end of it. I’m not normally partial to romantic nonsense, but Callas–in mono–in mp3–on shitty computer speakers–wow.

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Hiya, life goes like this. Step 1: Get out of bed. Step 2: Make things better:-)