Sylvia Townsend Warner in Maiden Newton - 10 August, 1957

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 239:

In the evening I sat listening to Norma (on records) with Kallas [sic] & Stignani.  Kallas's fine-drawn pianissimo - like a fiddler's rather than a singer's.  I thought of first times - the time when Pasta waited to sing Casta Diva for the first time. These are indeed unique occasions.

cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1995), p. 239. accessed: 21 June, 2024

location of experience: Maiden Newton


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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written by Vincenzo Bellini
performed by Maria Callas, Ebe Stignani

Experience Information

Date/Time 10 August, 1957
Medium playback
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:40:52 +0100
Approved on Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:24:16 +0000