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Callas: The Voice, The Story Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company; Abridged edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565112296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565112292
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,783,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...Demanding, controversial, contradictory, here is Mary Ann Kalageropoulou [Maria Callas] as only an audiotape could present her. Buy it or borrow it, but don't miss it [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. -- The Arizona Daily Star, Nov. 15, 1997

...HighBridge Audio gives us the work we've all been waiting for: Callas: The Voice The Story. Now we can hear Callas in her own words, recalling the experiences that shaped her voice and her life. Here, too, are the recollections of friends, acquaintances and even a few enemies....And then, there's the voice itself in many live and rarely heard recordings....Michael Wager keeps it all together with his narration of John Ardoin's finely-wrought script, and the result is altogether the finest biography of Callas I've run across, and the only one worth owning. I recommend it without reservation. -- Lou Santacroce, Sunday Brunch, WIBX Radio, Dec. 7, 1997

...[T]his audio biography is often involving: a much-expanded version of the 1988 radio documentary prepared by John Ardoin, the music critic of The Dallas Morning News, who was a close friend of Callas's. Mr. Ardoin's text, narrated by the mellow-voiced Michael Wager, weaves together some 50 musical excerpts....HighBridge's audio biography tells a remarkable tale, and a new wave of EMI CD's add many flourishes. -- The New York Times, Feb. 1, 1998

Is there anything left to say about Maria Callas? Perhaps not, but there's alot to hear, which makes this audio biography stand out from all the Callas products. Anyone remotely interested in Callas simply must have this, because it promotes a much deeper understanding of the singer [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. -- Opera News, Dec. 18, 1997

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 for several decades preceding her death in 1977. This audio portrait is a revised and expanded version of an original radio production made for public radio in 1998. It contains clips from interviews with Callas, her family and acquaintances, tied together with informative commentary and generous passages of her performances. Thus, her spoken voice tells her life story, and her instrumental voice presents her talent which, as these tapes amply prove, was extraordinary. Also extraordinary, is the quality of sound from past decades that is reproduced. -- The Roanoke Times, Apr. 5, 1998

Winner of the Listen Up Award - Best Packaging/Cover Art of 1997 [brought to you by HighBridge Audio] -- Publishers Weekly, January 5, 1998

[I]t's a classy production through and through. The material contained includes a generous selection of live performance excerptsin high fidelityas well as archival interviews with family and friends, admirers and detractors. This is all strung together with polished commentary from narrator Wager, who also revised and expanded this material from its original incarnation as a 1988 public radio special. For fans, this unusual program will provide a treat [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. -- Publishers Weekly, Nov. 3, 1997

About the Author

Michael Wager (born Emanuel Weisgal 29 April 1925) is an American actor.


Wager was married to Susan Blanchard after her divorce from Henry Fonda.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jude Barnes on November 24, 2009
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EXCELLENT purchase!! Top quality. Absolutely nothing wrong with the set. Just beautiful. It's in my car and I listent to it quite often. Just transports me. What an incredible creature! I still say that Callas was an ACTRESS who could sing. No one since the operatic stage to compare with her artistry. Just incredible!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Klaus Hilbert on November 1, 2012
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A dedicated Callas fan. The highlight was to hear her in San Francisco in person. Have all DVD's, CD's and books and this album is the pearl of my collection.
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This audio CD is very odd and has numerous issues.

First and foremost, it is really not for a listener with a casual interest in Callas. I think the audio book is for people who are already fans, or at least opera buffs, generally. The reason I say this is that there is really very few words on the CDs. A lot of the CDs consist of excerpts of her singing. I don't mean a minute or two after a long text segment--I mean, 12 minutes of opera after 2 minutes of story. I have to say that while I thought I enjoyed a little bit of opera (I own Madame Butterfly, etc.) I did not like much of this opera. It was very shrill and grating on my nerves, and I would have to fast forward the track. Also, there is not much discussion by a narrator generally. Sometimes, what the listener hears will be a clip from a radio or TV show, but the sound quality can be marginal, and you have to constantly adjust volume up and down as the CDs play to adjust for this. Also, as someone who was interested in Callas just as a casual reader of biographies, I needed more narration and backstory, and the use of clips was not enough for me.

Another problem is the formatting. The tracks are about 15 minutes long. So, not very many tracks per CD, and impossible to fast forward effectively. So, I would listen to a minute or two of story, or interview with her or someone who knew her, and then there would be 5 plus minutes of opera, and so I would fast forward if I wasn't enjoying it. Go to the next track and it would begin, "After losing 80 lbs, such and such happened." Wait-- She just lost 80 lbs!? So I would go back and have to listen to 7 minutes all over again just to get my place back again. (By the way, there is no real discussion of how she lost 80 lbs, so I need not have bothered.
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