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Maria Callas – “Non si da follia maggiore dell’amare un solo oggetto” – “Il Turco in Italia” (1814) I Act V Scene – Gioacchino Rossini (179 – 1868) – Roma 1950

by Luca

Maria Callas – “Non si da follia maggiore dell’amare un solo oggetto” – “Il Turco in Italia” (1814) I Act V Scene – Gioacchino Rossini (179 – 1868).

LIVE at the Teatro Eliseo – Roma – I – 1950.

“She sings Rossini with such conversational ease, and all those little notes pour fourth naturally and as a part of a melodic and conversational line, unlike the current flock of singers who don’t sing music, but shoot notes at you like a machine gun, with no sense of grace or melodic line. And Callas sings that final high E-flat with such ease that she sounds like she could easily go up to an F or F-sharp (which she reportedly did in practice).”

“The beauty and thrill and agility of the young Sutherland’s voice cannot be denied, and those shimmering high E-flats were a wonder. I have to yet hear anyone sing the Cabaletta to I masnadieri or Odabella’s Aria as she did, and I doubt Callas could have outdone her. But Callas’s voice was much more colorful, and her sense of legato and shaping for forming of lines and recitatives was something Sutherland never achieved. And although beautiful, even in her early prime, Sutherland’s E-flats weren’t as easy as drinking water, as Simionato described Callas’s highest notes. Even in her late prime, Callas could do a diminuendo on that note, which is something I haven’t heard anyone else achieve. She truly was a wonder. I really wish her vocal prime had lasted another ten years, but she wanted to be a slim and pretty girl.”

“Non si dà follia maggiore
dell’amare un solo oggetto:
noia arreca, e non diletto
il piacere d’ogni dì.
Sempre un sol fior non amano
l’ape, l’auretta, il rio;
di genio e cor volubile
amar così vogl’io,
voglio cangiar così.”

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