This volatile opera diva was born in New York City to Greek émigrés in 1923. Her father set up a pharmacy and changed the family name from Kalogeropoulos to Callas. As a child Maria studied the piano. When her parents separated (she was 14 at the time), her mother returned to Athens with Maria and her sister...See full bio »
("Tutte le feste al tempio' from 'Rigoletto'")
(performer: "Medea" extracts, "Un ballo di maschera" extracts, "La forza del destino" extracts, "Lucia di Lammermoor" extracts)
1968Maria Callas Porträt
(performer: "Un ballo di maschera" extracts, "I puritani" extracts)
1964Maria Callas at Covent Garden
(TV special documentary)
(performer: "Don Carlo Atto IV: Tu che le vanità", "Carmen: Habanera Acte I", "Carmen: Séguedille Acte I" / "Tosca Atto II")
1962Maria Callas in Concert - Hamburg, 16 March 1962
(performer: "Le Cid, Acte III: De cet affreux combat... Pleurez, mes yeux", "Carmen, Acte I: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle Havanera", "Carmen, Acte I: Près des remparts de Séville Séguidille", "Ernani, Atto I: Surta è la notte... Ernani!... Ernani, involami Cavatina di Elvira", "La Cenerentola, Atto II: "Nacqui' all'affanno... Non più mesta", "Don Carlo, Atto III: O don fatale, o don crudel")
Love is so much better when you're not married.
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After the death of their son Vassilis from meningitis in 1922, Maria's father George decided to move to the United States, when his wife got pregnant again. In 1929, George set up a pharmacy in a Greek quarter of Manhattan and the Kalogeropoulos family legally changed their name to Callas to make it more manageable...
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