07 OCT 2018
Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe dies at 85 – The Washington Post
In her almost unlimited repertoire, she starred in 90 opera roles with nearly 4,000 stage performances. Opera singer Maria Callas is once said to have answered “Only Caballe …” when asked once who she considered a worthy successor.
14 SEP 2018
Official Hologram Tour soundtrack, featuring legendary Callas recordings, released 14 September
‘I don’t know what happens to me on stage. Something else seems to take over.’ –Maria Callas
A new generation of opera lovers can experience the larger-than-life diva Maria Callas perform live in a worldwide concert tour, in the form of a three-dimensional hologram. BASE Hologram has captured Callas at the height of her powers with innovative technology and finely-honed stagecraft for a unique and compelling show: Callas in Concert — The Hologram Tour.
BASE Hologram has partnered with Warner Classics, the sole guardian of La Divina’s recorded legacy, to curate the official soundtrack and playlist of the tour. The Callas in Concert album mirrors the program and encores of the stage show, with her original iconic recordings, re-mastered in 24-bit/96kHz sound at Abbey Road Studios. (For The Hologram Tour, a team of highly experienced sound engineers isolated the voice of Callas so that her hologram incarnation could once again take the stage with a live orchestra.) The recital includes many of the arias in which she proved her prowess on stage and in the studio, and in which she remains unrivalled today: Bellini’s Casta Diva, Puccini’s Vissi d’Arte, Bizet’s L’Amour est un oiseau rebelle, among others.
07 DEC 2017
Callas again opens La Scala’s season!
Back in 1993, Callas’s recording of the aria ‘La mamma morta’ heightened the impact of the Tom Hanks film Philadelphia. Now it has been chosen by La Scala, Milan to promote the live TV broadcast of the theatre’s new production of Andrea Chénier, which opens its 2017-18 season on December 6th. One of Callas’ complete 1955 performances of the opera at La Scala features in the Warner Classics box set Maria Callas: Live.
02 DEC 2017
Multiple views on Callas
Mille e una Callas (1001 Callases) is a collection of some 40 essays, edited by Luca Aversano and Jacopo Pellegrini. It offers a fascinating variety of views on Callas, her art and her legacy – from personal reminiscences to philosophical analysis.
13 NOV 2017
« A diva for all time »
The highly-respected Dutch magazine Luister includes insights from Bertrand Castellani of Warner Classics in an article about the box set Maria Callas: Live, entitled “Spectacular remasterings”.
06 NOV 2017
Callas for Christmas
“A definitive live Callas” is the headline in The New York Times Gift Guide as Michael Cooper, the newspaper’s Classical Music & Dance Reporter, recommends Warner Classics’ box set Maria Callas: Live for “the Callas cultist”.
14 SEP 2017
Callas symposium at La Scala, Milan
Held at La Scala to mark the 40th anniversary of Callas’s death, a public symposium features Eliana de Sabata – daughter of Victor de Sabata, who conducted Callas’s La Scala recording of Tosca – and baritone Rolando Panerai, who performed frequently with Callas.
02 DEC 2017
Maria Callas Live: Remastered Live Recordings 1949 – 1964
Warner Classics has released a 42-CD box set of Callas’ live recordings, all in remastered sound. Among the 20 complete operas in the collection are 12 that Callas never recorded in the studio.
15 SEP 2017
Callas exhibition at La Scala, Milan
Splendid stage costumes worn by Callas at La Scala form the focus of an exhibition at the museum in Milan’s legendary opera house. (Runs until 31.01.18)
20 OCT 2017
Better than ever before
El País, one of Spain’s most important newspapers, discusses Warner Classics’ box set Maria Callas: Live, observing that the recordings have ever sounded better than they do in these remasterings.
13 OCT 2017
“This set is a must-have”
The November 2017 edition of the UK magazine Opera Now runs a full-page feature on Warner Classics’ box set, Maria Callas: Live, concluding: “This set is a must-have not just for Callas fans, but for any serious opera lover.”
20 SEP 2017
Setting a new standard
Writing in the Italian magazine Classic Voice, Elvio Giudici praises Warner Classics’ box set Maria Callas: Live. »The sound has been restored with such sophistication by Studio Art et Son in partnership with Studio Circé … that it defies comparison.”
19 SEP 2017
Closer to the Callas legend
“A veil has been lifted,” says the German magazine Oper! on hearing the remastered recordings in Warner Classics’ box set Maria Callas: Live. After Callas Remastered in 2014, “another small miracle has been achieved, bringing us a little closer to the legend that is Maria Callas.”
16 SEP 2017
The German public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk, listening to Warner Classics’ box set Maria Callas: Live, finds the remastered sound revelatory. “In these lovingly restored recordings, Callas’ achievement becomes especially evident: this is vocal art for eternity.”
13 SEP 2017