Maria Callas

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Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας; December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977), was a Greek-American soprano, and 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 New York City and raised by an overbearing mother, she received her musical education in Greece and established her career in Italy. Forced to deal with the exigencies of wartime poverty and with myopia that left her nearly blind onstage, she endured struggles and scandal over the course of her career. She turned herself from a heavy woman into a svelte and glamorous one after a mid-career weight loss, which might have contributed to her vocal decline and the premature end of her career. The press exulted in publicizing Callas's temperamental behavior, her supposed rivalry with Renata Tebaldi and her love affair with Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. 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."

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 BBC Music, Volume 22, Number 12: The Great Sopranos Maria Callas, Lucia Popp, Elisabeth Söderström 1
2014 La renaissance d'une voix Maria Callas 1
2014 The Callas Rarities (1953 - 1969) Maria Callas 2
Amami Alfredo!… Maria Callas 1
Arias Maria Callas 1
Casta Diva Maria Callas 1
La Divina Maria Callas 1
La Divina Complete Maria Callas 1
La Légende Maria Callas 1
La traviata (selezione) Verdi; Maria Callas, Alfredo Kraus, Franco Ghione 1
La Voix du siecle (Maria Callas) Maria Callas 1
Maria Callas Favourite Operatic Arias Maria Callas 1
Maria Callas in Hamburg Maria Callas 1
Maria Callas sings Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi & Spontini Maria Callas 1
Maria Callas: Vive 2 Maria Callas 1
Master Class Maria Callas 1
Operatic Arias (Maria Callas) Maria Callas 1
Passion of Callas Maria Callas 1
The Legendary Soprano Maria Callas 1
The Maria Callas Collection Maria Callas 1
The Very Best Of Maria Callas 1
The Voice of the Century Maria Callas 1
The Voice of the Century Maria Callas 5 1
Voice of the Millennium (Maria Callas) Maria Callas 1

Album + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Carmen Georges Bizet; Maria Callas, Nicolai Gedda, Andréa Guiot, Robert Massard, Chœur René Duclos, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris, Georges Prêtre 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 La sonnambula Bellini; Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Leonard Bernstein, Maria Callas, Cesare Valletti, Giuseppe Modesti, Eugenia Ratti, Gabriella Carturan 1
2002 Live in Rome 1952 & San Remo 1954 Maria Callas 1
2003 Lucia di Lammermoor Gaetano Donizetti; Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Piero Campolonghi, Carlo del Monte, Roberto Silva, Anna Maria Feuss, Chor & Orchester des Palacio de Las Bellas Artes, Guido Picco 1
Callas: Life & Art Maria Callas 1
Maria Callas Live in Concert Maria Callas 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Aufnahmen von 1954-61 Maria Callas 1
1996 Great Ensembles and Scenes Maria Callas 1
2007 Eternal Diva Maria Callas 1
Immortal Opera Arias Maria Callas 2
María Callas vive Maria Callas 1
Romantic Callas Maria Callas 1
The Greatest Arias Maria Callas 1

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