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Was Callas arrogant?

“Music is so great that the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know. We are interpreters, not geniuses; we serve music.”   Maria Callas Was Callas arrogant? Or was she right in her statement that she had… Continue Reading →

Io son l’umile ancella….

Today I would like to share a few reflections on the role of the interpreter who embodies great characters and communicate the message encoded in the words and the music to the audience. This task involves many overlapping elements, touches… Continue Reading →

In Praise of Mediocrity.

Mediocrity rises early and goes to market. Her daughters: Superficiality, Banality, Vulgarity, Triviality, Vanity, Frivolity, Vacuity, and Envy accompany her. One may recognize them by the way they walk, putting on airs. They move quickly, so they seem to be… Continue Reading →


Just as Mediocrity helps to balance out and enhance Excellence (see the post In Praise of Mediocrity) , musical works and musical performance are enriched by the workings of pairs of opposites. Here are some interesting pairs. See how you can… Continue Reading →

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