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Casta Diva

weather: cloudy
outside: 11°C
mood: impressed
music: Renée Fleming - Norma, Casta Diva (Bellini)

I've found that I really do like Vincenzo Bellini's "Casta Diva" from his opera, Norma. I just don't like Maria Callas' voice. Blasphemy, I know... =\ but I'm listening to Renée Fleming's version, over and over again, and I love it.

It must be my problem because everyone else just plain adores Maria Callas. Her voice has been described as "the voice of the century", "ethereal", "one of the greatest and most versatile operatic singers in recent history", "greatest theatrical musical artist of all time", "a voice and a legend", etc.

And.     The.     Woman.     Just.     IS.     Norma.

Which is why I thought it was the aria that I didn't like.

But she does this weird thing when she sings - she curls up both sides of her tongue which gives her voice a strange, strange quality that bugs me. I thought maybe the recording I got was wonky, but every single Callas piece I got was like that as well. Maybe I really need to get a good quality recording and see if it bothers me as much then.

But I'm so reluctant to buy anything because even the snippets from the "Best Of --" and "Maria Callas, The Voice Of The Century" CDs at Amazon don't sound all that much better to me... I realize that all her recordings would have been done at a time when we didn't have the equipment and technique of today, but still...


On phatladysings' recommendation, I got a Joan Sutherland version of Casta Diva... very nice, very nice. I like Sutherland's "embellishments" =)

Haven't found a Marilyn Horne one yet...


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 20th, 2002 12:12 am (UTC)
Standing for four hours totally unaware of my feet...
For "Norma" you can't touch Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne. Like one brain and two voices. I own the recording and I've heard them do it live. Wuuhhh!
Oct. 20th, 2002 12:18 am (UTC)
Re: Standing for four hours totally unaware of my feet...
Oh, interesting... thank you =)
Oct. 20th, 2002 12:26 am (UTC)
oh.. ilove maria callas! i havnet heard marilyn horne though i hear her voice is magic. i like renee too- i didn't at first but now i love it. i have her new cd Bel canto- its fabulous!
Oct. 20th, 2002 11:22 am (UTC)
Renee Flemming actually came to the NAC here around.. September, I think. I would've gone to see it.. but alas.. no time.. no money.... Yeahh..
Oct. 20th, 2002 11:52 am (UTC)
*meurf* *sigh* One day... one day =)
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