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Subject: Re: Living and dying
From: "Patrick C. Byrne" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Patrick C. Byrne
Date:Wed, 30 Mar 2005 23:31:54 -0500

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This Guitian has made a fool of himself in the past. This latest rant goes
far beyond that, into absurdity.

Guitan " of the worst actresses ever seen".

Critic Harold Schonberg..."This was going to be one of the best acted
Toscas...her conception of the role was electrical. Everything at her
command was put to striking use...her face mirored every fleeting
expression implicit in the music during her colloquy with Scarpia. This was
supreme acting, unforgettable acting".

Guitian..."she looks ridiculous partly thanks to kistch Zeffirelli hair-do,
a plastic wig".

Callas may do things differently, but she never looks ridiculous. She is
physically stunning in the film. Her gown and stole are magnificent. Her
hair is an exact re-creation of an elegant Empire hairstyle,
hardly "kistch"and certainly true to the period, as is her entire costume.
Do a little research before making such foolish statements.

Guitian..."she sang only 39 performances(Tosca) throughout her career and
never dared sing it at La Scala"

You have voiced this illogical statement before. Callas never really liked
the role, and obviously used it at the end of her career because she knew
she could manage the music without too much trouble. She knew she had vocal
problems by this point. What she did at La Scala went FAR beyond the
ordinary Tosca, sung by so many others there. What she did there for ten
years was the stuff of legend.

Patrick C. Byrne

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