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The aria Suicido hangs over all of this----mixed with a mania of fame and adulation after Maria was dead. McNally was a grave digger as well, and his plays posturing, not insightful or worse. The reviews for her last tour with DiStefano were lacerating as well. Maria was not a goddess but a victim, somewhat like Princess Diana or JFK junior to the media mob.

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Feb 12, 2023Liked by Opera Daily

My introduction to the great French baritone Gerard Souzay was in a master class at my alma mater, an eye-opening event (he remains one of my most favorite lieder singers). If you've not seen it, Renee Fleming in her association witylh the Kennedy Center conceived of a multi-day master class event showcasing established performers in master classes in jazz (Dianne Reeves), opera (Eric Owens), pop (Ben Folds), broadway (Sutton Foster), etc. It was packaged as a 1.5 hour PBS Great Performances special. And it was eye-opening special. Here's a Washington Post review link: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/renee-flemings-american-voices-festival-transcends-lousy-concert/2013/11/24/ef3d7d82-5534-11e3-ba82-16ed03681809_story.html&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwiTks7IpJD9AhUhk2oFHX-jDxE4ChAWegQIBhAC&usg=AOvVaw3qOseLABPuSrgshgvNQRDF

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Love love love ❀️

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Feb 13, 2023Liked by Opera Daily

Had I been a young opera singer, with a chance to be mentored by accomplished artists such as these - Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Christa Ludwig, Joyce DiDonato, Renee Fleming, Gerald Finley - I suspect I would have been, as is said colloquially, "all in my feelings." On one hand, I would have felt honored to have been chosen to learn from an established master of the craft. On the other hand, I would have been starstruck at best, and insecure and intimidated at worst, to have such larger-than-life opera stars offering technical tips on my vocalizations, aligning them with a composer's intent, stopping my warbling often, and critiquing my errors based on their informed and active listening. Surely there were more than a few folks in those masterclasses who dissolved into tears and had their lofty opinions of themselves shakenπŸ˜„. In the clip from "Master Class" Terrence McNally, Zoe Caldwell and Audra McDonald gave us a good sense of what might happen on the other side of the equation.

I accidentally discovered a link to the late Peter Mennin, President of the Juilliard School from 1962 until 1983, who started the Master Class Program. You undoubtedly know about Juilliard's Peter Mennin prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. (Do you know if it has been awarded to any opera singers, or their masterclass mentees, whose names we know today?)

Meanwhile, here are links for folks like me, who can go off on a tangent after one of your posts🧐.

Callas* – Callas At Juilliard, The Master Classes

Label: Audio Encyclopedia – AE 101

Format: CD, CD-ROM, MP3, 32 kbps

Country: US

Released: 1998

Genre: Classical

Style: Romantic, Opera

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christa_Ludwig

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrence_McNally

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoe_Caldwell

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audra_McDonald

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Mennin

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Thank you!!’

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Will do a little research on your question!

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There was also feature coverage by Alan Rich in NY Magazine, Opera News, and The NYTimes as well for first hand source material on Callas at Julliard.

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