Maria Callas, was an American-born in New York City from Greek parents soprano and one of the most famous opera singers of the 20th century.
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Callas combined an imposing bel canto performance, a wide-ranging voice and great dramatic gifts. She was a tremendously adaptable singer, and she performed a repertoire ranged from classical opera to the bel canto operas! She sung Donizetti, Bellini, and Rossini further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her extraordinary musical and theatrical talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.
She was raised by an overbearing mother; she received her musical education in Greece and established her career in Italy. Forced to deal with the constraints 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 graceful and glamorous one after a weight loss, which might have contributed to her vocal decline and the premature end of her career.
The press exulted in publicizing Callas’s supposedly temperamental actions, her supposed rivalry with Renata Tebaldi and her love affair with Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Her dramatic life and personal tragedy have often overshadowed Callas the artist in the popular press.
However, her artistic accomplishments were such that Leonard Bernstein called her “The Bible of opera”!
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