Callas Casual: An Off-Duty-ish Day in the Company of La Divina

(Callas enshrouded in reporters. Credit: Maurice Zalewski/ADOC photos)   Vignettes of onstage outtakes are aplenty. Daily shots of the soprano, less so. Here’s a peek into Maria’s typical excursions—culinary and sartorial; social and cultural—on a work(not really)less day. Coruscating like the crystalline intrusion of a cocktail dress’ brooch asparkle in a parking lot; a spotlight pooling blindness onto “Poliuto”‘s Paolina; {…}

Arte Releases Sonya Yoncheva & Vittorio Grigolo’s ‘Tosca’ Recording from Arena di Verona

Arte is streaming a recording of Puccini’s “Tosca” from the Arena di Verona. The recording stars Sonya Yoncheva as Floria Tosca and Vittorio Gridolo as Cavaradossi. Roman Burdenko stars as the Barone Scarpia with Carlo Bosi as Spoleta and Giulio Mastrototaro as Il sagrestano. Francesco Ivan Ciampa conducts the productions by Hugo de Ana while Tiziano Mancini directs for the screen. The {…}