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// on July 2014
In February 2009, Spanish soprano Monserrat Caballé made a special appearance in Chicago where, at the age of 75, she gave a concert of opera, song and zarazuela selections, and just before the event she recorded a telephone conversation with Jon Tolansky for WFMT...
"...[Benjamin Britten] put his arms my neck...he said, 'Peter, I finally found my Billy Budd!'" ~ Peter Glossop...
"Through the character, you give the truth--but you are controlling...in singing, if you don't control, you get completely lost..." ~ Renata Scotto...
"There are two different worlds...there is the world where the drama plays: opera, where one becomes another person...in a concert, there should not be this [wall] which separates the singer from the public..." ~ Lotte Lehmann...
"Singing for me is to communicate...it's not to make a show of high notes...[you have to] convey the drama..." ~ Giuseppe Di Stefano...