Maria Callas: a musical biography

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Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Incorporated, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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This unique, photo-filled musical biography includes two CDs with nearly three hours of landmark performances by the great diva, accompanied by expert commentary.

Here is a true artistic biography, focusing on Maria Callas's musical development, her influence, her critical reception--and the specific qualities that have made her a legend for our time. The book features scores of photographs from throughout Callas's life and career, including many rare production photos. The CDs, featuring key recordings from throughout her career, are keyed to detailed discussions of the performances, making Callas's work accessible and enjoyable to beginners as well as die-hard opera afficionados. Selections include Bellini's "Casta Diva" (Norma), Rossini's "Una voce poco fa" (II barbiere di Siviglia), Puccini's "Vissi d'arte" (Tosca), Gounod's "Ah! Je veux vivre" (Romeo et Juliette), Verdi's "Caro nome" (Rigoletto), Massenet's "Adieu, notre petite table" (Manon), Bizet's "Pres de remparts de Seville" (Carmen), Spontini's "O Nume tutelar" (La vestale) and many more.

A discography, a chronology, a complete performance history, and more make this the ultimate book for learning about and loving opera and one of its greatest stars.

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User Review  - Laura Localio - Goodreads

Wonderful depiction of famed opera singer, Maria Callas's life. Not your "typical" opera singer for her voice or look, but truly a story of transformation and determination. The book also includes CD's of her operas. Read full review

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Contents

AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE 11
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THE ART THE TRADITION THE VOICE
109
THE PERFORMANCES OF MARIA CALLAS
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About the author (2003)

Author Robert Levine is an internationally known music and travel writer whose work has appeared in dozens of publications. He was the co-editor of Records' Classical Pulse! Magazine, helped launch and was the Senior Editor-in-chief of Andante.com, a world wide web site devoted to every aspect of classical music and musicians. He attends his operas and symphonies in New York.

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