What would Callas have made of this ‘tribute’?

Watch Natalia Ushakova recording an aria from “La fille du Regiment” for her new album “A Tribute to Maria Callas”

There’s this, too.

She doesn’t mind a bit of send-up, this artist.


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  • Maria Callas never sang La Fille du Regiment. Her major Donizetti roles were Lucia and Anna Bolena. Therefore I don’t see how this aria fits on a Callas tribute album. The Die Walkure Brunhilde maybe as she sang one series of performances of this early on in her career.
    Callas never used her voice in a manner that was musically sloppy. Even later when she had vocal difficulties she worked for clarity , precision, expression and of course she could trill. Surely then the singing on any tribute album should reflect those attributes too?

  • Isn’t it time to let Maria Callas rest in peace? No tributes, no hologram nonsense, please. We have Callas’s recordings, and that’s all we need.

  • I’d rather listen to Vera Galupe-Borszhk, soprano traumatica and gran diva of La Grande Scena. At least she means to sing that well (and there is more knowledge behind her spoofs).

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