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Praise for The Callas Imprint: A Centennial Biography

"Is it fair to measure a biography against its subject? In this case, yes. This book resembles Callas’ masterful ease on stage, the artistic precision-passion balance she manifests, a reward of the many overtime rehearsal hours for which Callas was often criticized by co-stars… The result archives nearly everything ever documented about and is as full-bodied, that is, polished as well as unvarnished, as Maria Callas."—Mari Carlson, Midwest Book Review

"[A] fascinating, well-written and interesting centenary biography… Lambton's lovely use of the English language helps bring the page alive, something Callas, the perfectionist, would, I am sure, have enjoyed… This biography will be enjoyed by those new to opera as well as those who are long-term fans. It is a story told in a compelling way with a narrative that holds the reader's attention."—Andrew Palmer, The Yorkshire Times

“A dense, well-organized narrative… Tells you everything you’ll ever need to know about Callas in impressive detail."

—BBC Music Magazine


"Of all the biographies of La Divina, this one is for sure the most complete… A masterpiece of scientific rigour… This masterfully written volume is recommended to all those passionate about music and all those who study it."—

"A triple decryption—biographical, artistic and psychological... This work is not just one more book about this overexposed subject; quite the opposite—it finally completes our understanding."—Christophe Rizoud, Forum Opéra


"A book for opera fans and music lovers in general, The Callas Imprint is a multi-faceted, in-depth examination of an extraordinary woman and an important contribution to the literature and legend of Maria Callas, presented in elegant, informative, and candid prose."—Frances Wilson, Interlude 


“There’s no padding in this deeply researched book. It surveys what feels like every twist and turn in the great operatic soprano’s life and career.—Dr. Ralph P. Locke, Professor Emeritus at the Eastman School of Music, The Arts Fuse

"Sophia Lambton's meticulously researched, intense, lyrical magnum opus challenges the myths surrounding Maria fabricated by the press. This erudite biography doesn't just explore her life. Lambton shines a spotlight on Callas' craft critically evaluating the opera star's singing with consummate care and precision down to the minutest detail and vocal technique behind each aria and dramatic role."Good Night to Read Blog

"After being initially daunted by the size of the book, I can now say, hand on heart, that I enjoyed learning about this incredible woman. I must also praise the author for her painstaking dedication in bring this story into print."—Milly Reynolds, Author 

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