Luxurious Opera Voice: Ruth Ann Swenson (Sends me running to the bust of Maria Callas)

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  • rdberg1957

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    Apr 30, 2015 3:46 AM GMT
    I love that voice--shimmering, clear, vibrant, agile, and bright.
  • wellwell

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    Apr 30, 2015 3:47 AM GMT


    The vocal coach of Callas was the daughter of the conductor of the Hollywood Symphony, Guido Caselotti. Walt Disney phoned him saying "I need a young female vocalist for a project." In a blind test, his daughter Adriana won the role of the voice of Snow White. Adriana's sister, Louise, was the coach of Callas; I was quite privileged to take lessons from Louise in the late 70's.

    I'm glad you appreciate Louise's efforts (Callas did not)!
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    May 01, 2015 2:44 AM GMT
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    ~ ~ ~

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    che dal ciglio espresso,
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    Non ha forza a sostener.
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    May 01, 2015 3:04 AM GMT
    wellwell said

    The vocal coach of Callas was the daughter of the conductor of the Hollywood Symphony, Guido Caselotti. Walt Disney phoned him saying "I need a young female vocalist for a project." In a blind test, his daughter Adriana won the role of the voice of Snow White. Adriana's sister, Louise, was the coach of Callas; I was quite privileged to take lessons from Louise in the late 70's.

    I'm glad you appreciate Louise's efforts (Callas did not)!


    At what point in Callas' life are you speaking? I vaguely remember reading biographies of her. She studied in three places? Was it Greece, then to Manhattan, then to South America?
  • venue35

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    May 03, 2015 11:13 AM GMT
    I have never heard of this before I'm pretty sure she had one teacher who was a woman in Greece and then in Italy her second teacher who really refined her technique.. an older man who was a composer as well.
    I'll post their names later