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DV ON MARIA CALLAS

"For years, I couldn't get over Callas... she was the most extraordinary performer I have ever seen in my life - ever. She just opened her throat. But I want to tell you that a tenth of a second later I was totally drenched, I mean totally - it had nothing to do with crying or weeping. It was shock. It was total electricity. I had prepared to hear the most dramatic singer in the world, but this... and by God, when  she died, was she dead. I've never seen such a death scene. On stage she didn't have a gauche thing about her. She was unique. That's a word I use sparingly." 

Diana Vreeland

Photograph: Maria Callas 1958

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