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Maria Callas (1923–1977)

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. The budding singer was quickly ... See full bio »


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Avengers: Age of Ultron
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The Iron Lady
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 2016 War Dogs (performer: "Carmen: L'Amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle (Habanera)")
 2016 Gino (Short) (performer: "Madama Butterfly")
 2015 The 33 (performer: "Norma: Casta Diva")
 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron (performer: "Norma, Act I: 'Casta Diva'")
 2014 Gotham (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Viper (2014) ... (performer: "Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro" - uncredited)
 2014 Pasolini (performer: "Una voce poco fa (cavatina di Rosina)")
 2014 Seçim (performer: "Ave Maria")
 2014 Saint Laurent (from the 1896 opera "Andrea Chénier", ("Tosca, Act II: "Vissi d'arte", "Madama Butterfly, Act II: Un bel dì vedremo" Composed by nm0006242, with a libretto by nm0407794 and nm0316044, 1903, "La Mamma Morta, Act III")
 2014 Grace of Monaco (performer: "O mio babbino caro", "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana")
 2014 Falling Star (performer: "Un bel dí vedremo")
 2014 Yves Saint Laurent (Documentary) ("'La Traviata, Act I: 'Libiam ne' lieti calici' " (Alfredo, Chorus, Violetta), "Tosca, Act II: "Vissi d'arte", "La Wally, Act I: "Ebben?... Ne Andrò Lontana")
 2013 Maria, Callas (Documentary short) (performer: "O mio Babbino Caro")
 2013 Orphan Black (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Effects of External Conditions (2013) ... (performer: "L'Amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle" - uncredited)
 2013 Metro Manila (performer: "O mio babbino caro", "Ebben... Ne andro lontana")
 2012 Kiss of the Damned (performer: "Suicidiol")
 2012 Le monde à l'envers (Short) ("La Wally : Ebben? Ne andro lontana")
 2012 Paris-Manhattan ("Suicido! ... in questi fieri momenti" (extract))
 2012 Arbitrage (performer: "Impromptu in B Flat Major")
 2012 Gent de paraula (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.14 (2012) ... (performer: "O mio babbino caro")
 2011 The Iron Lady (performer: "Casta Diva" (From "Norma"))
 2011 Borgen (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Op til kamp (2011) ... (performer: "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana")
 2011 Tu cara me suena (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2011) ... (performer: "O mio babbino caro")
 2011 Elena (performer: "Casta Diva" from the opera, "Norma")
 2011 La Duquesa II (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Momentos difíciles para Cayetana (2011) ... (performer: "Samson et Delila")
 2010 The Warrior's Way (performer: "D'amor sull'ali rosee")
 2010 The American (performer: "UN BEL DÌ VEDREMO")
 2010 The Housemaid (performer: "La Mamma Morta" from Opera Andrea Chinier)
 2010 22 Bullets (performer: "Ehii Rodolfo ... O Soave Fanciulla", "Un Bel Di Vedremo")
 2009 Medal of Honor (performer: "Casta Diva" from the opera "Norma")
 2009 I Am Love (performer: "La Mamma Morta, opera Andrea Chénier")
 2009 The Young Victoria (performer: "Vieni, fra queste braccia")
 2009 Banda sonora (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.4 (2009) ... (performer: "O mio babbino caro")
 2008/I Milk (performer: "Ah, quegli occhi! Quale occhio al mondo", "Mia gelosa!")
 2008 True and Tender Is the North (performer: "La Traviata" (excerpt))
 2008 The Beautiful Person (TV Movie) (performer: "Il Dolce Suono")
 2008 Bottle Shock (performer: "Un bel di vedremo")
 2007/I Closure (performer: "Casta Diva from 'Norma'")
 2006 Wallander (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Blodsband (2006) ... (performer: "La Traviata, Libiamo Ne, Lieti Calici")
 2005 Saltön (TV Series) (performer: "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore")
 2004 2046 (performer: "Oh! s'io potessi dissipar le nubi... Col sorriso l'innocenza")
 2003 I, Cesar (performer: "Casta Diva")
 2002 Callas Forever (performer: "Un bel dì vedremo", "O mio babbino caro", "Carmen", "Libiamo (Brindisi)", "Vissi d'arte")
 2001 Wrestling with the Bee (Short) (performer: "Aida")
 1997 Sunday (performer: "Spargi d'amore")
 1995 The Bridges of Madison County (performer: "Casta Diva", "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix")
 1995 Celestial Clockwork (performer: "Casta diva" from opera "Norma")
 1993 Philadelphia (performer: "La mamma morta", "O nume tutelar", "Ebben? ne andrò lontana", "Ecco: respiro appena")
 1991/I Atlantis (Documentary) (performer: "Extrait de 'La sonnambula'")
 1990 Mink mink mink (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Manon Lescaut" (excerpt))
 1987 Opera (performer: "Lady Macbeth ("Vieni t'afretti"), "Casta Diva", "Amami Alfredo", "Sempre libera")
 1979 Luna ("Tutte le feste al tempio' from 'Rigoletto'")
 1968 Maria Callas Porträt (Short) (performer: "Un ballo di maschera" (extracts), "I puritani" (extracts))
 1968 Mona Lisa (Short) (performer: "Medea" (extracts), "Un ballo di maschera" (extracts), "La forza del destino" (extracts), "Lucia di Lammermoor" (extracts))
 1964 Maria Callas at Covent Garden (TV Special documentary) ("Tosca (Atto II)") / (performer: "Don Carlo (Atto IV): Tu che le vanità", "Carmen: Habanera (Acte I)", "Carmen: Séguedille (Acte I)")
 1962 Maria Callas in Concert - Hamburg, 16 March 1962 (TV Special) (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")
 1956 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #10.10 (1956) ... (performer: "Vissi d'arte")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Her stage credits include: title role in the opera "Medea" by Luigi Cherubini and François-Benoît Hoffmann (Royal Opera House, London, 1959)

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 5 Portrayals | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Maria Meneghini-Callas


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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First I lost my weight, then I lost my voice and then I lost Onassis. See more »


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". See more »


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