Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Callas: The Voice, the Story

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Callas: The Voice, the Story

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Despite rumors to the contrary, genuine stars are made. not born. And no star of recent memory shaped herself so heroically as the late Greek-American soprano Maria Callas. She died--many acquaintances have said of a broken heart--20 years ago last September, and although many singers have taken her roles, none has yet taken her place. Her last American stage performance was in 1965, yet she continues to define the transcendence and glamour of the operatic experience for millions.

But who was the real woman behind the controversy? In Callas: The Voice, The Story, a new four-CD set (also available on audiocassette), the singer reveals much of the truth behind the headlines that followed her every move over three decades. The package began as a 1988 National Public Radio documentary written by John Ardoin and narrated by Michael Wager. To the original interviews and reminiscences, Wager has added dozens of rare live-performance highlights, almost none of them duplicating Callas's extensive (and recently remastered) EMI Classics commercial discography. …

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