Simona AN‘s Today’s Memory
Maria Callas’ birthday
Originally shared by Simona AN
December 2, 1923, New York — September 16, 1977, Paris
Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (original name Maria Cecilia Sophia Anna Kalogeropoulos) was an American-born Greek operatic soprano who revived classical coloratura roles in the mid-20th century with her lyrical and dramatic versatility.
Her career began in earnest in August 1947, when she appeared in Verona in La gioconda.
Her powerful soprano voice, capable of sustaining both lyric and coloratura roles, was, although not perfect in control, intensely dramatic; combined with her strong sense of theatre and her scrupulously high artistic standards, it took her quickly to the forefront of contemporary opera talent. Her abilities made possible the revival of 19th-century bel canto works, notably those of Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti, that had long been dropped from standard repertoires.
After a final operatic performance as Tosca at Covent Garden (July 1965), Callas made the film Medea (1969). She taught master classes in opera at Juilliard (1972) before a last U.S. and European concert tour (1973–74). By the time of her retirement, she had performed more than 40 different roles and had recorded more than 20 complete operas.
Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata