Maria Callas, A Record Obsession (Signed copy)
Signed by John Pettitt
First edition, first printing. Card covers. 24 × 16.5cm, 214pp.
Signed and dedicated by John Pettitt to the title page.
This is not just another book about Maria Callas. It deals specifically with her great recorded legacy and its turbulent reception by the critics over half a century. Callas, now recognised as the supremely great singer of the last century, changed the face of opera both on stage and in the recording studio, but not without a struggle against audiences and critics alike. Her recording career, miraculously the product of the new LP era, played an enormous part in her sudden leap to fame, and reflected many of her celebrated triumphs and traumas on stage. Like one of her legendary roles, Tosca, she gave her life to art and love and music, and like Puccini's tragic heroine, paid dearly for it.
Lavishly illustrated with over 50 photographs relating to the diva's recording sessions, Maria Callas: A Record Obsession is the work of one passionate collector amongst thousands, and charts the course of the fascinating critical response to her recordings from early doubters in the Fifties to the universal acclaim of today.
The book is in very good condition with a crease to the spine.