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Subject: Re: The Callas discussion
From: "Takis Pavl." <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Takis Pavl.
Date:Sun, 7 Aug 2016 16:17:34 +0000
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I find it amusing that people are so obsessed with their diva, Callas in this case, that think she can and never will be or has been surpassed. It's one thing to say that she's your favourite and quite another to believe she's the be all and end all of opera. 
There have been many divas before her who were also thought to be the biggest stars for ever and ever and no one thought they could be forgotten and yet today, the people who speak of Patti, Pasta, Farinelli, Caruso, Melba, Gigli etc are only a selected few who are into the recordings of that era. Callas has of course the advantage of better recordings but she too is not immune to fashion, technology or time. Pavarotti became an even bigger name than Callas, and even reached out to a very different audience which Callas never managed to do. But I don't doubt that in 60-80 years when the people who saw him live will pass away, his fame will have diminished. 
Now is the time of Netrebko and her colleagues, she is familiar with the cameras on stage, knows how to act in a modern way that works well also (?) in the cinema. Show Callas' vissi d'arte for the Ed Sullivan show to young people today and they'll probably start laughing at her emoting.Takis
 




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