Maria Callas

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. 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.

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Lucia di Lammermoor: "Spargi d'amaro pianto"Best of Opera4:09
Ah quanto cielo (From the Opera "Madama Butterfly")Maria by Callas (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)3:09
Lucia di Lammermoor, IGD 45, Act I: "Ancor non giunse... Regnava nel silenzio... Egli è luce... Quando, rapito in estasi" (Lucia)Great Voices · The very best of Maria Callas12:45
Lucia di Lmmermoor, IGD 45, Act II: "Il dolce suono... Ardon gli incensi... Spargi d'amaro pianto" (Lucia)Great Voices · The very best of Maria Callas16:24
La Traviata (Oper in 3 Akten) (Auszug): III. 'S ist seltsamGrosse Stimmen (Vol. 1)9:28
Norma: "Casta Diva"Les classiques de l'opéra5:38
E che? Io son Medea (Medea)Romanze4:14
Rigoletto: La Donna E Mobile "Un Di Se Ben Rammentoni"Lo Mejor De La Opera8:56
La Traviata: Libiam Net Lieti CaliciLo Mejor De La Opera3:10
Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Act II: Recitativo: Insomma io ho tutti i torti (Bartolo/Figaro/Basilio/Conte/Rosina)Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia0:43
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