Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI was an American-born Greek soprano. She was 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. Born in Manhattan to Greek immigrant parents, she was raised by an overbearing mother who had wanted a son. Maria received her musical education in Greece at age 13 and later established her career in Italy. Forced to deal with the exigencies of 1940s wartime poverty and with near-sightedness that left her nearly blind onstage, she endured struggles and scandal over the course of her career.
|Born:||Maria Anna Cecilia Sofia Kalogeropoulos, December 2, 1923, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Died:||September 16, 1977, Paris, France|
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About Maria Callas
Italian operatic soprano who was posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
She hated to sing because of her mother’s insistence that she do so.
She recorded many operas, including Bellini’s Macbeth.
She married Giovanni Battista Meneghini on April 21, 1949 and they were divorced in 1959.
She had a love affair with Aristotle Onassis, which continued while he was married to Jackie Kennedy.
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- Greek opera singers
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- Greek Orthodox Christians from the United States
- EMI Classics and Virgin Classics artists
- People who lost United States citizenship
- Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners
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