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May. 06 2014

Simply (La) Divina

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 1 Comment

Greek-American soprano Maria Callas possessed extraordinary musical and dramatic talent, yet led a tumultuous life offstage. She is often referred to as “La Divina”, and Leonard Bernstein called her ‘the Bible of Opera.” On Friday, May 16th, Baltimore Concert Opera will present soprano Francesca Mondanaro and director Fabrizio Melano in “The Life and Music of Maria Callas” at The Engineers’ Club in Baltimore.  Recently, I spoke with BCO Executive Director Julia Cooke about the performance and Melano’s friendship with Ms. Callas.


Callas in straw hat

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Dyana Neal


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One Response to Simply (La) Divina

  • Trey says:

    This is just a few of the amazing things that have been written about her singing!

    “Mondanaro has a startling voice; at full-throttle, the impact is extraordinary. It’s not the most even instrument, nor the most beautiful. But there is terrific color and flair, from gutsy low notes to pretty exciting highs. This singer is likely to make the “Nabucco” staging awfully interesting.”

    “As for Francesca Mondanaro’s Abigaille, where to begin? Everyone was completely dazzled by her vocal and dramatic abilities. Larger companies should rush to hire this phenomenal dramatic coloratura soprano, who richly deserves to be featured on the worlds’ greatest operatic stages”

    “She sang ‘Casta Diva’ from Norma, my jaw dropped, tears flowed down my cheeks, and I experienced artistry and beauty like I had never known.”

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