There’s a fine article by Peter G. Davis in the new Opera News about the quality of Maria Callas – the quality that grates on the ear, the quality that sets her apart from every other soprano before or since.
Attempts to communicate the Callas phenomenon have always posed a challenge, even to her most devoted admirers. Music critics struggle to find analytical terms that can describe any singing voice; the vocabulary of similes never seems sufficiently precise. And the Callas soprano is particularly elusive.
Peter is probably the best writer on voice in America. Read the full article here.