Venus Williams’ inability to forge a comeback marks a generational shift for the world of women’s tennis.
Depending on the state of the global COVID-19 pandemic, vocalist and song-writer Gabriela Martina – who mixes jazz and soul with traditional yodeling from her native Switzerland – plans to release two new albums in 2022.
Maria Callas (1923-1977) stands out as the greatest opera singer of the modern era.
She played an indispensable role in reviving the genre of bel canto opera, which had long been forgotten by the time Callas took the world by storm in the early 1950s.
In 1959, Onassis invited Callas and Meneghini for a cruise on his mega yacht, Christina, named after his daughter. Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was also a passenger, although Callas considered him to be “boring,” Spence writes.
Chen Reiss, a celebrated soloist at Europe’s top opera houses, has a particular soft spot for Gustav Mahler’s symphonies, but the soprano has a versatile repertoire spanning from the beloved bel canto composers such as Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti to the majestical Richard Strauss.
Nearly 70 years after her death, American composer Florence B. Price (née Smith, 1887-1953) is enjoying a formidable renaissance. With over 300 classical music compositions to her repertoire, spanning every genre except for opera, Price’s Symphony No. 3, The Mississippi River Suite and The Oak are emerging as classic Americana in style and routed in the African-American experience.