My Personal Top 10 of Female Singers – No 1
…in no particular order & with my favorite recording…
Number One: Maria Callas
Maria Callas 1923-1977
I cannot listen to Callas without getting goosebumps. Not surprisingly, Leonard Bernstein called her “the Bible of Opera”and her influence is so enduring that, in 2006, Opera News wrote of her: “Nearly thirty years after her death, she’s still the definition of the diva as artist-and still one of classical music’s best-selling vocalists.”
I could write pages and pages about “La Callas’ but I have chosen two of my favorite area’s: “Vissi d’Arte” (click on link to listen) from the opera “Tosca” by Puccini. I hesitate between two recordings, I will let you decide:
The 1953 famous recording at La Scala in Milan
The fully remastered 1964 recording, conducted by George Pretre
Record La Divina
A lesser know fact is that the only film Callas ever played in was: “Medea” by the controversial Italian film director Pier Paolo Passolini.
She looks amazing and she became close friends with Pasolini:
Watch this amazing interview with Callas and Pasolini about “Medea” from 1969 on the BBC.