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Maria Callas
Jurgen Kesting
3548602606

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Maria Callas: A Musical Biography
Robert Levine
1579122833
July 2003
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Book Review
They called her "La Divina." Indeed Maria Callas transcended ordinary human limitations. A supreme singer and actress with a style all her own, she dominated the vocal and operatic world, exerting a deeply lasting influence on it, especially by single-handedly reviving the art and repertoire of bel canto. Volatile, iconoclastic, fearless, obstinately determined, extreme in both life and art, she stirred up endless controversy. The story of her tumultuous public and private life has aroused unceasing fascination, but Robert Levine's new book approaches it from a totally different perspective. This is no ordinary biography, though it includes an account of the major events of her tragically brief life and career. Though he leaves no doubt where his sympathy lies, Levine recounts all this with admirable--sometimes...


Maria Callas: An Intimate Biography
Anne Edwards
0312310021
February 2003
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Anne Edwards has made a career out of writing intelligent biographies of prominent women, from the tortured (Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland) to the indomitable (Katharine Hepburn, Shirley Temple). Her gift for vivid characterization and lively narrative is once again in evidence in this readable portrait of opera's revolutionary diva, Maria Callas (1923-77).

Edwards doesn't add anything new to the well-known story of Callas' tumultuous life, and she disagrees with Nicholas Gage's controversial assertion (in the book Greek Fire) that Callas bore Aristotle Onassis a son who died shortly after his birth in 1960. But the author lays out the familiar facts deftly, nailing each of the forceful personalities who shaped Callas' destiny, from the obsessively ambitious mother who pushed her into performing and denied her a childhood...



Greek Fire: The Story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis
Nicholas Gage
0446610763
October 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Nicholas Gage's meticulously documented and consistently absorbing account chronicles the stormy love affair between Maria Callas (1923-77) and Aristotle Onassis (1906-75). Gage sees the soprano who reinvented the art of opera and the tycoon who transformed the shipping industry as kindred spirits, drawn into romance by a deep connection to their Greek origins and a shared sense that, despite all they had achieved, something was missing. They found that absent element in a once-in-a-lifetime passion, which Onassis betrayed by marrying Jacqueline Kennedy in 1968. Gage appears to share the view of the tycoon's Greek coterie, who viewed this marriage as an act of hubris that inevitably led to financial and personal reversals which embittered Onassis in his final years. But he doesn't blame the tycoon for Callas's decline,...


Maria Callas: The Voice, The Story (4 Cassettes)
Maria Callas
1565112245
November 1997
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FI Magazine, July 1998
The [HighBridge] audiobook has a narration written by John Ardoin and Michael Wager, spoken by Wager, and illustrated with juicy examples of the diva's art, almost all of them from live performances. Callas herself is interviewed, and if she sometimes sounds paranoid or even demented, well, that's the truth....I thought this four-and-a-half hour show would be maudlin at best and boring at worst. It is neither. It goes like a whirlwind and it is all fascinating.

The Roanoke Times, Apr. 5, 1998
Opera fans will delight in this [HighBridge Audio] production about the personal life and stage performances of Maria Callas. Her persona and her distinctive voiceor "instrument" as they say throughout the tapesfascinated the public on both sides of the Atlantic...


Maria: Callas Remembered
Nadia Stancioff
0306809672
May 2000
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Book Review
Nadia Stancioff was Maria Callas's friend during the diva's unhappy final years, starting as a publicist for Callas's film of Medea. Interviewing people who had known her earlier, Stancioff sought to explore the woman from the inside--"Maria," not "Callas." Though the result offers no real information we haven't seen before, it is delivered in a personal voice that makes this memoir (first published in 1987) worth reading.

There's plenty about Callas's appearance and love life, but the tone is chatty rather than trashy. The events that Stancioff herself was there for were not especially significant (she was present, however, when Onassis paid his first visit to an agitated Callas after his marriage to Jackie Kennedy). More valuable are the stories she hears from colleagues, fans, and the singer's elusive sister. The one...



Autobiography of Maria Callas
Alma Halbert Bond
0913559482
April 1998
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Book Review
Alma Halbert Bond is a retired Freudian psychoanalyst whose love of opera and the fabled soprano Maria Callas led her to write this partly fictionalized psycho-autobiography, in the form of a novel. This is an ambitious psychological look at Callas's life, and Bond's claim to authority is in the analytical end, not the historian's craft, but she has done her homework.

Some intense Callas fans have taken Bond fiercely to task for even daring to write a book dealing with their goddess's motivations and feelings. No one can know what goes on in the mind of another, and this sort of psychological analysis--which does not benefit from any first-hand consultation with its subject--can only be educated guesswork at best. Still, many of Bond's educated guesses make sense and help to fill in the puzzle that was Maria Callas. If...



Maria Meneghini Callas
Michael Scott
1555531466
January 1992
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In a biography for serious Callas (1923-1977) students, Scott ( The Great Caruso ) traces the career of the controversial diva from her teenage appearances as a budding prima donna through the triumphs of the early 1950s to later years when Callas's voice was increasingly frail. Pointing out the "contradiction between the depth of Callas's extraordinary musicianship and the narrowness of her intellect," Scott plays down the sensational aspects of his subject's personal life and concentrates on her artistic genius. He analyzes her major performances and recordings, defining the prodigious talent and technique that, at the height of her vocal powers, she put to brilliant use in reviving the nearly forgotten early-19th-century bel canto opera repertoire. Scott's description of the rapid deterioration of her voice...


Maria Callas: The Woman behind the Legend
Arianna Huffington
0815412282
October 2002
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Book Description
This is the story of Maria Callas, who transformed herself from a chubby, painfully shy girl into a magnificent celebrated soprano, the likes of which we've yet to see again.


Maria Callas: The Tigress and The Lamb
David Bret
1861051107
September 1998
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Bret (The Piaf Legend) retells the story of the overweight girl from Queens who became a glamorous diva, as famous for her temper tantrums and turbulent personal life as for her singing. Callas was born in New York, but at 13 she was transported by her dictatorial mother to Greece, the family's homeland, where she studied with the Spanish coloratura Elvira di Hidalgo. Her impressive operatic triumphs in the 1940s and '50s dwindled as her voice rapidly deteriorated, and her final years were marked by professional and personal disasters that culminated in her death, possibly by suicide, in 1977 at age 54. Bret, clearly a Callas aficionado, glosses over the controversial aspects of the voice and emphasizes her total commitment to her art, her brilliant resurrection of nearly forgotten bel canto roles and her...

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