By Bruno GuermonprezFor Le Figaro Magazine
DECRYPTION – Born a hundred years ago, Divina is unique. It is the unanimous opinion of all opera singers, from Karine Deshayes to Philippe Jaroussky, that Le Figaro Magazine questioned. And who, without exception, apply the lessons of the legend in their career.
Maria Callas would have been 100 years old on December 2. Almost everywhere in the world for several months, this centenary has already been celebrated to the height of the mark left by the Divina. In New York where she was born and where she began her apprenticeship, in Athens which saw her genius blossom and which has just inaugurated a temporary exhibition and a permanent museum, in Paris where his earthly page ended in the solitude of the Parisian apartment on Avenue Georges-Mandel, forty-six years ago. And of course, everywhere on these stages around the world which welcomed his genius of interpretation, his sovereign, but terribly human technique, and this recognizable timbre among thousands.
Beyond the event, Maria Callas seems to still be with us. Biographical works, fiction and documentaries, sound recordings and images of countless recordings of his fascinating stage performances fill us with an art that never ceases to resonate. Even in good voices…