I’ve always relished in listening to opera diva Maria Callas (1923 – 1977). Enjoying her performances, I’ve never paid much attention to what she did from a technical point of view.
But this time I looked up a recording of her and watched through the eyes of a voice teacher. (I still had moments where I simply got goosebumps, though
The video is a fragment that I found on Youtube from a television recording broadcast from Rome in 1957. We see her performing the aria Casta Diva (‘Chaste Goddess’) from Bellini’s opera Norma.
A few things that struck me:
- Callas’ relaxation is amazing. Her posture and air are of someone totally at ease where she stands.
- Her air management is breathtaking. There is no air in her voice.
- Her artistry and musicianship make one forget any criticism that could be thrown at her in terms of technique.