What would Callas have made of this ‘tribute’?

What would Callas have made of this ‘tribute’?


norman lebrecht

July 08, 2019

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.



  • Yonexguy says:


  • BassOne says:

    I’ve heard a lot worse!

  • HCF says:

    What happened to her?
    She used to be so tasteful and subtle LOL

  • Grant says:

    Look out Foster Jenkins!

  • AndrewB says:

    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?

  • Caravaggio says:

    Garbage. Simone Kermes 2.0

  • Sanda Schuldmann says:

    Nothing in common!

  • Michelle Schulman says:

    Maria Callas had a chest connected voice. This singer does not.

  • HOLY KADOODLE! I love her!!!!

  • NYMike says:


  • Silversled says:

    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.

  • BrianB says:

    Terrible blowzy, unfocused tone; and La Divina would tell her to go back to school and learn to trill.

  • Paul says:

    Behold, the La Puma Opera Company has rolled into town.

  • Ramon Figueroa says:

    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).