Maria Callas teacher dies, at 91Opera
The US-born voice coach Joseph Giardina has died in Rome, where he taught for the last 20 years of his career.
A Juilliard student, he jumped in at 16 as assistant to Fritz Stiedry at the Metropolitan Opera, working with all the Golden Age stars. He moved to Rome in the 1970s.
Of Callas he said: ‘Callas was a very modest woman, unfortunately she had a sad and troubled life. She was very studious, she was able to spend half an hour trying a trill.’