Of course I'm a fan to Karita Mattila. Her performance
of Salome is unique and stunning. By the way, I had the opportunity to see Callas in performance here in
Rio de Janeiro, singing Tosca,back in 1951 . The same year that started the rivalry between Callas and Tebaldi, whom I was deeply applauding.
I saw her singing in many performances. At the actual
age of Mrs. Mattila, Maria Callas was done for.
We are living a new era in operatic performances. So it's out of question any comparison between the 20th
century performances and the brilliant artists of
Long live Karita, Dessay, Netrebko, Fleming !
Med varma halsningar fram Rio de Janeiro.
A coincidence - I saw the Met's televised "Tosca", with Matila and a rather loud Alvarez last night, while remembering a recent hearing of the monophonic recording with Callas and De Sabata conducting. For my comment, see my "Tosca" posting.