Casta Devia

For decades, Mariella Devia has sung with the magical combination of understatement and authority. STEPHEN HASTINGS looks at the career of one of the great bel canto stylists.

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The diva in her first-ever Norma, in Bologna, 2013
© Rocco Casaluci 2013
When a sixty-five-year-old soprano, however illustrious her past achievements, announces that she is going to make her debut as Norma, it is tempting, perhaps, to give way to a snickering skepticism. ...

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