Late Callas Performances I Love

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That is one in every of my favourite “discoveries” of the previous couple of years on YouTube: Ocean Thou Mighty Monster from Carl Maria Von Weber’s Oberon. This was one in every of Callas’s look in London in 1962. It was recorded (by his personal admission) by one Michael Scott, who smuggled a tape recorder into the corridor and recorded a lot of the arias she sang.

What I really like about this explicit piece is the way in which Callas sings the aria, fearlessly and with a freedom that’s virtually unknown in different recordings of this aria. She simply lets the voice out in luxurious lengthy phrases as if she is, just like the character she portrays, addressing the mighty ocean. You’ll be able to’t be timid right here. Even in her flawed 1962 vocal state, she shirks nothing. She sings in imperious accents, the voice in monumental utterances; her breath management right here is magnificent. Her high is much less strident than in another cases this late in her profession; and if the recording is way lower than best, I wouldn’t need to be with out this efficiency, as I discover it higher sung that her studio ones.

She sings the aria within the unique English, slightly than German, which different singers desire, however I discover it impedes the stream of the voice in some way. Sadly, her diction suffers on this most unsingable language (for my part).

Do you have got a favourite Callas late-career efficiency?

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