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")
First I lost my weight, then I lost my voice and then I lost Onassis.
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La Scala artistic director Arturo Toscanini auditioned her for Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth and, impressed, sought a production for her. It never happened. However, he did criticize her diction, saying that "you cannot understand a word she sings".
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