Tribute to Maria Callas, 1977

Tyne Daly appears in the Leonard Lopate Show this week to speak about her portrayal of legendary diva Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Tony award-winning โ€œMaster Class.โ€ Listen to this George Jellinek tribute to Callas in the WQXR show The Vocal Scene, aired just six days after the death of the great singer.

In this September 22, 1977 program (submitted for a Peabody Award), Jellinek masterfully uses excerpts from interviews and performances to paint a vivid portrait of the passionate, forceful, opinionated Callas -- an artist who "taught an entire generation of listeners and singers to discover emotions and vitality in ornamental music, [and] meaning in words that had been previously been regarded with indifference."