Renata Tebaldi

by Chris Bertram on December 20, 2004

Sad to see that Renata Tebaldi, Callas’s great rival, has died. There are obituaries in the “Telegraph”:;sessionid=IYO1MB2KZYRIFQFIQMFCM54AVCBQYJVC?view=DETAILS&grid=&targetRule=10&xml=/news/2004/12/20/db2001.xml&secureRefresh=true&_requestid=34657 , “Times”:,,60-1409754,00.html , “Guardian”:,3604,1377152,00.html , and “New York Times”: , the NYT also links to a slideshow and some audio content. Listening to her singing (and Callas’s for that matter) has an instantly soothing effect on me, it seems as if all the world has become still. A marvellous singer.

UPDATE: Anna in Cairo, in comments below, mentions “this post by Arthur Silber”: at The Light of Reason.



Anna in Cairo 12.20.04 at 1:21 pm

Arthur Silber at the Light of Reason has a beautiful article about her. He also describes the rivalry, for those of us a bit too young to remember it ourselves.


dgress 12.21.04 at 3:54 pm

Oh no.

I will go home and put on the sensational Karajan Aida from 1959 and listen to her in awe.



bob 12.26.04 at 7:19 am

I am so sad to hear of Tebadli`s death. what a voice and a real prima donna ,loved by so many people. will never forget the comback recital at carnige hall about 1972. she was the greatest she rests with the lord and angels.

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