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Callas

Stars S.

By (author) Andre Tubeuf
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Assouline, Paris, France
Published: 5th Oct 1998
Dimensions: w 155mm h 215mm
Weight: 381g
ISBN-10: 284323106X
ISBN-13: 9782843231063
Barcode No: 9782843231063
Synopsis
Maria Callas revolutionized the art of opera, influencing repertoire and singing style more than any artist this century. Here, homage is paid to this extraordinary diva through a text and a series of photographs of La Callas at rehearsals, at recordings, performing and off the stage. We follow her from her first performance of Bellini's Norma at the age of 19, through the highlights of her career in the late 1950s, with triumphant performances of opera's greatest female roles, from Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata" to Wagner's Brunnhilde. La Callas was adored and adulated, but little loved. She often found herself the centre of controversy and scandal, which contributed to the insecurity which haunted her throughout her life. Her destiny echoed that of the tragic heroines she so often portrayed, and the roles she played both on and off the stage left her physically and emotionally exhausted. She lived out her final years in silence and solitude, unaware of the great legacy she would leave behind her, or of the great legend that she had become. Photographs are included here of La Callas rehearsing or performing in: Parsifal; La Vestale; La Traviata; La Gioconda; Medea; Madame Butterfly; Poliuto; Macbeth; La Somnanbula; Il Pirata.

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