La Traviata, by Giuseppi Verdi

{Ed. Note:  In my article on the Limited Edition Club editions of Camille, I mentioned Verdi had written his famous opera La Traviata based on Camille. Since Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl has provided many excellent articles in this realm, I asked him his thoughts on what the best versions of La Traviata are. Despite his protestations on a lack of formal musical training, his articles … Continue reading La Traviata, by Giuseppi Verdi

Maria Callas, From the Opera ‘Gianni Schicchi’

{Ed Note: A number of weeks ago, I posted an article on Hayley Westenra, whom I adore. One of the clips I included was Westenra singing O Mio Babbino Caro. DlphcOracl sent me comments, pointing out  the importance of emotional connectivity and role interpretation in delivering an aria. Voice enough is not enough. To show what he meant, he pointed me to Maria Callas singing O Mio … Continue reading Maria Callas, From the Opera ‘Gianni Schicchi’