Maria Meneghini Callas by Michael Scott

By Michael Scott

Now not my test, yet I more suitable the pdf through despeckling it to b/w, cropping it, OCR'ing and including bookmarks. 15 pages of b/w photographs incorporated on the end

"Along with John Ardoin's The Callas Legacy, this can be the basic paintings concerning the such a lot awesome and hectic singer to emerge after global struggle II." -- Opera information

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When Cattozzo had recovered he announced that he had come looking for an lsotta. ' [Meneghini] suggested. ' [Cattozzo] asked, surprised. 27 Cattozzo then revealed the message he had left with Angelina Pomari, and that he had assumed that as Callas did not phone him back she did not know the part. She hastily reassured him. As soon as Serafin arrived in Milan, she went round to sing it for him. 28 They went through 1947-1948 37 various excerpts, all of which she 'sight-read with confidence and extraordinary accuracy'.

She already had a well defined musical personality. I r~member she had this habit of singing in rehearsal, even with piano, in full voice. This was disturbing for her colleagues for it obliged them also to sing out. '5t 1947-1948 41 How Votto's logic would have struck Patti, the greatest soprano three quarters of a century before Callas, would be interesting to know, for not only did Patti not sing at all at rehearsals, she did not even go to them! She would send Maurice Strakosch, her brotherin-law, and he would tell the other singers what she would do.

My teacher was ... '12 It was not until two weeks before La Gioconda was to open that she first sang for Serafin at a rehearsal held at the T eatro Adelaide Ristori. At the prova generate at the Arena, during Act 11 she had an accident, because she was short-sighted and did not wear spectacles. '(S)he didn't see an open trapdoor which led to the subterranean basement beneath the ancient amphitheatre, and ... stumbled into it. The fall could have been fatal .. tS Notwithstanding the pain and shock she suffered 'instead of having it bandaged [she] chose to continue the 34 MARIA MENEGHINI CALLAS rehearsaJ',l6 and on first night she was hardly able to drag herself around the huge stage.

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