Issue N# 1 - 2010
Callas or the trajectory of the meteor
Authors : Epron JP, Sarfati J, Henrich N. (Thonon)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2010;131,1:35-38.
Article published in french
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The lyric career of Maria Callas, though exceptional, is also noteworthy for its brevity. The first signs of downturn appeared at the age of 36 and her voice fell silent at only 40. Though the literature has massively commented on this premature worsening, few analyses of its characteristics have been made public so far. The purpose of our study was to realise a perceptual and acoustical analysis of recorded arias by the artist at the climax to the fall. The audible impairments were first verbally described, and then compared to acoustical observations based on spectrographic analyses and fundamental-frequency measurements.
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