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Maria Callas sings O mio babbino caro and Casta Diva

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“One of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century,” Greek-American soprano Maria Callas, performs Giacomo Puccini‘s O mio babbino caro, a clip from a 1960s era concert at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. From Wikipedia on Callas’ artistry as a musician:

Grace Bumbry states, “If I followed the musical score when she was singing, I would see every tempo marking, every dynamic marking, everything being adhered to, and at the same time, it was not antiseptic; it was something that was very beautiful and moving.” Victor de Sabata confided to Walter Legge, “If the public could understand, as we do, how deeply and utterly musical Callas is, they would be stunned”, and Tullio Serafin assessed Callas’s musicality as “extraordinary, almost frightening.” Callas possessed an innate architectural sense of line-proportion and an uncanny feel for timing and for what one of her colleagues described as “a sense of the rhythm within the rhythm”

Below, Callas performs Casta Diva from Norma by Vincenzo Bellini:

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