Maria Meneghini Callas

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UPNE, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
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Maria Meneghini Callas is a moving account of the tumultuous and tragic life of one of this century's greatest divas. Callas was a fascinating, mysterious, and often contradictory figure who carefully created the myth that surrounded her. Michael Scott explores every aspect of that myth, detailing her battles with opera managers, her marriage to Giovanni Meneghini, her weight loss and inexorable decline, her tempestuous romance with Aristotle Onassis, and finally her early death in Paris.
Michael Scott's extensive knowledge of the history of vocal music provides a unique reference point for measuring Callas's achievements. He is the only Callas biographer to have seen her frequently on stage. Drawing on his memories of her performances, his comprehensive knowledge of her recordings, and interviews with numerous singers, conductors, and producers, Scott examines each of Callas's major operatic performances and recordings. He offers penetrating, sometimes controversial insights into her genius, commenting on her choice of repertory, and speculating about the reasons behind the concert cancellations that brought her so much publicity. The book also features a discography, a complete list of Callas's performances, and 31 photographs, many previously unknown.
With enthusiasm and vitality, Michael Scott has brilliantly captured Callas's life and artistic milieu in a fascinating exploration of one of this century's most beloved and influential operatic superstars.

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One can scarcely imagine a more detailed scrutiny of the great soprano's career than that in the present volume, written by the founder of the London Opera Society. Virtually every performance is ... Read full review


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Irish-born Michael Scott is one of Ireland's most successful and prolific authors. He has over one hundred titles to his credit, spanning a variety of genres, including Fantasy, Science Fiction and Folklore and audiences writing for both adults and young adults. Scott had been published in thirty-seven countries, in twenty languages. Scott is considered one of the authorities on Celtic folklore. His collections, Irish Folk & Fairy Tales, Irish Myths & Legends and Irish Ghosts & Hauntings have remained continuously in print for the past twenty years. Scott is the author of the Series Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Tales from the Land of Erin, Tales of the Bard, and De Dannan. Scott also writes historical novels under pen name Anna Dillon.

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