NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
9th November, 1952 :The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden buzzed last night with the excitement that the discovery of a new soprano produces. Bellini’s Norma is rarely staged because of the difficulty of the title role, but Maria Callas, the new Greek singer, showed herself more than equal to it. She won warm ovations for brilliant, if wayward singing, and for her vivid dramatic powers. “No one will forget her fury when she rounded on her two-faced lower”, wrote a critic. However, he thought her singing of the aria “Casta Diva” was flawed by a shrillness on high notes.