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Maria Callas - The Callas Conversations (EMI Classic Archive)
Maria Callas - The Callas Conversations
EMI Classic Archive
Actor: Maria Callas
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2004     1hr 59min

The Callas Conversations offers some rare and fascinating glimpses of Maria Callas, whose life and art are well-documented by books and records but less so in video formats. What is documented here is mostly Callas as an...  more »


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Actor: Maria Callas
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Classical, Biography
Studio: EMI Classics
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/04/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 59min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish

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An Honest Revelation
Birdman | Minnetonka, MN USA | 08/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is one thing to have heard the Harewood conversations with Callas, and another to see them. By the same token,Callas's concert recordings in Paris under Pretre in '65 were stirring, but the sight of her interpretations of the Massenet and Bellini will leave some viewers dumbfounded, because she is clearly singing about her own life and her face betrays this fact. Hert performances are overwhelming.

I am not a Callas fanatic, and have even sold late recordings she completed for EMI, such as the late LUCIA, believing the voice had passed its prime for reasons which exceeded pure use. What I do believe is that Callas was one of the most learned musicians, expert teachers and operatic interpreters of the twentieth century. I also think that for twenty good years, the voice was more beautiful than critics were willing to admit.

As for her theatrical abilities, I'm afraid we won't see the likes of her again. With the sole exception of the 12-minute French interview here, which is quite vapid (although Callas's coy demeanor is really charming) this is a presentation that will sweep you away from daily cares and worries. If you're familiar with Callas, your respect for her professional qualities will deepen. If you're less familiar, you will be sold. If you believe the crtical accolades have been overstated, only suggest you enjoy the sheer intelligence of this marvelous woman, who died far too early, but left much. A great DVD and a real service to all those who love vocal music."
Wenarto Candra | seattle | 05/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am the number ONE Callas fan and this DVD is a must to have. Watching her performed "ah non credea mirarti" was an abosute experience. No words can describe in detail how she interprete the aria with her voice, gesture, movements, even facial and eyes movement when she was not singing - everything is absolutely fantabolous! She is the best of all best. Viva Maria!"
Grand and irreplaceable
J. Anderson | Monterey, CA USA | 05/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've watched these Lord Harewood interviews of Callas many times, each time startled by some point, some gesture I'd missed before. Callas is a vessel of fire when she speaks about Art, incendiary and completely vital. One quickly starts to feel keenly the modesty she possessed, owning her workman's ethic for the noble component it is. By that alone, every viewing of the Conversations is an invigorating experience. Harewood's interested courtliness, washed innocent by instinctive intelligence and by a real love for opera, is an important element. His steadiness throughout proves Maria's clear trust in him. Callas' depth of understanding of her art manifests over and again. In extras, her 60's French TV interview with Bernard Gavoty turns almost whimsical with the enthusiasm of them both. Maria's gifted intelligence entices as her youthful Hepburnesque face enchants, in almost daring television lights. Her command of French clicks in impeccably, and matches her English manner of speaking with a measured, forthright cadence, but with a wry coquettishness that would disarm Hannibal. And a shamelessly intense young Callas sings 'Mio babbino caro' with a freedom and elan to make you stand up and cheer. This is a documentary adventure with serious underpinnings, and as significant a witness to the inherent truth of Art as we're ever likely to find. Pure satisfaction to the max."
A "must have" DVD. Excellent material.
Kersi Von Zerububbel | San Diego, CA USA | 04/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I thoroughly enjoyed and learned quite a bit from this DVD. The interviews, especially the one with Lord Harewood are great. One gets a good overview of La Divina's musical philosophy and the intent behind her performances. I was quite surprised to learn that Callas considered Puccini terrible for a performer's voice and balance. This view coincides with the clip of her rendition of O'Mio Babino Caro.

Just the interviews are worth more than the cost of this DVD. Excellent material. Thank you EMI for releasing a product to remember a great artist gone at the young age of 53.