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Maria Callas was born Maria Anna Sophia Cecilia Kalogeropoulou in New York on 2 December 1923 to Greek immigrant parents Evangelia and George Kalogeropoulos. In 1937 Evangelia separated from her husband and returned with her two daughters Maria and Jackie to Greece, where she intended to give them the musical education she could not afford in America. Maria began her vocal studies with the ... Read more in Amazon's Maria Callas Store

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  • Audio CD (April 16, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000083GOG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Vissi D'arte
2. Un Bel Di Vedremo
3. La Mamma Morta
4. Una Voce Poco Fa
5. Compagne...Come Per Me Sereno
6. Gualtier Malde...Caro Nome
7. Ah, Fors' E Lui
8. In Quelle Trine Morbide
9. Si. Mi Chiamano Mimi
10. Donde Lieta Usci
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Disc: 2
1. L'amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle (Habanera)
2. Les Tringles Des Sistres Tintaient (Chanson Boheme)
3. Printemps Qui Commence
4. Mon Coeur S'ouvre A Ta Voix
5. Ah! Je Veux Vivre
6. Je Ne Suis Que Faiblesse...Adieu, Notre Petite Table
7. J'ai Perdu Mon Eurydice
8. Porgi, Amor
9. Casta Diva
10. Regnava Nel Silenzio...Quando Rapito In Estasi
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Maria Callas was the greatest singer ever.
Elliana
A determinated voice,always under control even when she shouted.
Alexander of Caslano
Thank God there was someone like her to show us the way.
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187 of 198 people found the following review helpful By "adelefalk" on September 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For the first time in almost fifty years a new Maria Callas CD is out and available for the public to buy. Including some of Maria's rarest heard recordings as well as some of her old classics, this CD is a must for all opera fans, Maria fan or not. Many people ask- "Did Maria have a pretty voice?" A pretty or beautiful voice is something that Maria lacked. However, the 'beautiful' thing about Maria's voice is her amazing control and technique, as well as putting so much feeling into the songs that if you know the translation or not, you still understand every word that Maria is signing because of all the emotion behind it.
Some thoughts on my favorites --

Ebben? Ne andro lontana (from La Wally by Catalani) This aria is stunning. Maria starts out in the middle voice, but you can still hear her, which you usually can not with most sopranos. Once she gets higher, she goes right into her head voice with no problems. Then she gets down into her lower dramatic voice, giving the aria a more mysterious feel. When you hear this aria, you always wonder what vocal dynamic you are going to hear next, and you never get bored.

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca by Puccini) My personal favorite aria from my all-time favorite opera. In this aria, it sounds like Maria is pleading with god and asking him "why thou hast repaid me thus?" And, that is exactly what Tosca is asking. You can just turn to this aria, close your eyes and see Maria acting this out on stage. So much feeling and depth. Only Maria could sing an aria like this. Very strong, which you rarely hear in this aria from many singers.
La mamma morta (from Andrea Chenier by Giordano) As usual, excellent beginning, strong and straight out. A minute and thirty seconds into the aria, Maria surprises you with her amazing head voice.
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful By "joe280" on November 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have tried for a long time, when I have heard these recordings on other pressings, to describe exactly why I am so eternally attached to Callas and her voice. I believe that no other artist, save for Van Gogh or Michelangelo, and I do put her in that pantheon of genius, was able to transform suffering into great art through music, and create a distinguished legacy for all future generations to hear. When she cries "Euridyce! Euridyce! Mortel silence, vaine éspérance!" I am transported down into the underworld with Orphé, searching for my lost lover and fighting off despair with every note. And so it is with every single cut on this CD.
There has never, ever been a singer, whether popular or classical, who can even begin to approach the profound depths of Callas' musical consciousness and genius. This is not the rantings of a queen, but someone who has listened to just about every major artist of the last 50 years, attended over 2,000 opera performances, and have come to realize that she alone stands as the supreme interpreter of <i>dramma per musica</i>. She said many times "It is not enough to have a beautiful voice. First, you must learn the music exactly as written, note for note. Then you must take the music and your voice and set to work on every phrase as if a new voice was required for each role". This is a promethean, olympian task, and so few artists have even bothered to explore this approach as an option in their careers. Magda Oliveiro, Leyla Gencer and maybe Caballé at times were able to fill these big shoes with anything approaching Callas' mastery.
The lesson from her legacy is this: if you are going to pursue an artistic path in life, nothing less than complete subjugation to its demands is acceptable.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Lanter on March 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that, even though I've been pursuing and enjoying opera for a long while, I've never "gotten into" Callas the way many others have. I had heard a few pieces performed by her before, but was never really taken with her as an artist. However, since the purchase of this CD, I am glad to say that all that has changed. This disc really supports the contention that Maria Callas was one of the best opera artists of the twentieth century.
Many will tell you that her voice is unattractive - this is not so. At the extremes of her range or dynamics her voice can sound unpleasant (as with any soprano), but for the most part it is warm and beautifully expressive. My high school English teacher once introduced the term "voice" as a quality of writing - that characteristic which makes a piece of writing individual, unique, unmistakably the work of one person. Well, Callas' voice has "voice" (if you'll pardon the ambiguities). You will never mistake her voice for someone else's - its timbre is uniquely hers.
Laying aside the matter of her voice, another feature of Callas artistry is her burning intensity, her passion and her drama. Whether it's Orfeo lamenting his lost Euridice, Butterfly envisioning her beloved's return, or Wally, tearfully but resolutely declaring her decision to leave her home to "go far away...among the white snows and the golden clouds", Callas brings the meaning and drama of the arias to unprecedented heights. In my opinion, only Leontyne Price and Renee Fleming come close to conveying the emotion that Callas was so famous for.
My only regret is that the editors did not include her rendition of Desdemona's sublime, heartbreaking "Ave Maria" from Verdi's Otello.
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