Prima Donna of the Opera
All names for the great Greek/American Soprano, Maria Callas.
Maria owned the opera stage in the 1950s, singing all over the World including at the Metropolitan and La Scala in Milan.
Often paired on stage and record with the tenor, Giuseppe di Stefano, Callas brought forth from the music pure emotion and pathos.
A thought hit me just the other day. There are people in this world who have not heard or seen her sing one note.
In today’s busy world, take a three-minute break and watch this clip from Puccini’s Tosca. The performance is from Covent Garden in London. The year is 1964. Franco Zeffirelli, the great movie and opera director, was the stage director for this performance.
An opera singer can be put into two simple categories. The first one hits all the notes, sings a perfect line, and the technique is spot on. In other words, a wonderful singer, but all rather boring and bland. The other type of singer exposes their very soul on the stage. It’s all emotion and power. That’s an exciting singer. That’s Maria Callas.
You see her very being. Her performance is a window into her soul. What a talent.
Author of Tempesta’s Dream and A Song for Bellafortuna