MARIA CALLAS 1923-1977
Maria Callas, real name, Maria Anna Sofia Cecilia Kalogeropoulouwas an American-born Greek soprano, one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini and further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina. Callas' stage repertoire includes the following just under 50 roles.
Although her dramatic life and personal tragedy have often overshadowed Callas the artist in the popular press, her artistic achievements were such that Leonard Bernstein called her "the Bible of opera and her influence so enduring that, in 2006, Opera News wrote of her: "Nearly thirty years after her death, she's still the definition of the diva as artist - and still one of classical music's best-selling vocalists. Maria Callas was awarded the Order of merit of the Italian Republic.
Photo. M. Callas in the role of Anne Boleyn
Photo. The La Scala Theatre. Milan
Photo. M. Callas
Photo. М. Callas