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Callas Quotes


"Callas? She was pure electricity." - Leonard Bernstein

"I love to sing, and I warm up to Maria Callas." - Cybill Shepherd

"The first opera I went to see was Maria Callas singing 'Tosca'." - Marianne Faithfull

"In those days, you had to like one or the other. You couldn't like Sutherland AND Callas." - Terrence Mcnally

"Elvis Presley is my spiritual father, and as you may know Maria Callas is my spiritual mother." - Klaus Nomi

"I would like to be Maria, but there is La Callas who demands that I carry myself with her dignity." - Maria Callas

"For sheer strength of character, I wouldn't have dared to cross swords with Callas. I would rather have gone six rounds with Jack Dempsey." - John Huston

"When Callas carried a grudge, she planted it, nursed it, fostered it, watered it and watched it grow to sequoia size." - Harold C. Schonberg

"I will not enter into a public feud with Madame Callas, since I am well aware that she has considerably greater competence and experience at that kind of thing than I have." - Rudolf Bing

"It didn't feel organic and [Tito] Gobbi was one of the artists that was able to, along with Maria Callas, incorporate not just the sound, but the emotion, the technique of the singing." - Robert Davi

"The most widely criticised singers in the history of opera, Maria Callas and Franco Corelli, happen also to be the best singers. I am honoured for being part of their group." - Andrea Bocelli

"When I was a teenager, I dreamed of being an opera singer like Maria Callas or a jazz singer like June Christy or Chris Connor, or approaching songs with the kind of mystical lethargy of Billie Holiday, or championing the downtrodden like Lotte Lenya. But I never dreamed of singing in a rock-and-roll band." - Patti Smith

"I was always a fan of the old-style comics. I loved vaudeville. I loved Milton Berle, Dick Shawn, Phyllis Diller, Don Rickles, Charlie Callas, all those guys. Hilarious. I love the Bing Crosby and Bob Hope movies, and Abbott & Costello. My television influences were 'Monty Python's Flying Circus,' 'Benny Hill,' and 'Hee Haw.'" - Larry The Cable Guy