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Maria Callas Biography

Full nameMaria Anna Sophie Cecilia Kalogeropoulos
Know asMaria Callas, Callas, Maria
Birth placeNew York City, New York, USA
Birth date1923-12-02
Age96 years, 5 month, 21 days
Star signSagittarius
Height5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Maria Anna Sophie Cecilia Kalogeropoulos Biography:

Maria Callas was born in New York in 1923. She made her professional debut with all the Royal Opera of Athens in Boccaccio, and took her first leading part in Tosca. Garnering international acclaim, her Italian opera introduction happened in the Verona Arena in 1947, followed by her 1954 American introduction in Norma. (Over time, disparities and confusion have appeared concerning Callas’s birth date. Callas herself, as well as school records, had said she was born to the 3rd while her mom had promised the 4th.)

Callas started taking classical piano lessons when she was 7 years old, but soon realized that she adored singing music with sensational talent even more than playing it. In 1937, when Callas was a teenager, her parents split and she, her mom and her sister moved back to Greece. The institution generally required that students be at least 16 years old, but the youthful Callas showed such great promise that they formed a specific exception. As a pupil, Callas made her stage debut in a school production of Cavalleria Rusticana. In her early 20s, she took her first leading part in Tosca.

During World War II, Callas fought to locate parts. She moved back to Nyc to spend some time together with her dad to check out work, but the Metropolitan Opera turned her down. Following the war, in the urging of her teacher, Maria altered her last name back to Callas and went to Italy in pursuit of work. In Verona, she promptly met and wed wealthy industrialist Giovanni Meneghini.

Callas’s Italian opera introduction happened in the Verona Arena in August 1947, in a performance of La Gioconda. During the the next couple of years, under the direction of her husband, Callas continued to perform in Florence and Verona to critical acclaim. Though her voice captivated crowds, as her popularity rose, Callas acquired a reputation as a temperamental, demanding diva and was nicknamed “The Tigress.” Fiercely bouncy, Callas said of crowd members’ jeers, “Hissing in the gallery is a part of the picture. It’s a risk of the battle field. Opera is a battle field, also it has to be accepted.”

In 1954, Callas made her American debut in Norma in the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The performance was a success and was viewed as a trademark function. In 1956, she at last had the chance to sing together with the Metropolitan Opera in her home city of Nyc, but the following year was fired by manager Rudolf Bing. Callas’s union had also started to unravel.

During the 1960s, Maria Callas’s once leading singing voice was discernibly faltering. Her performances developed fewer and further between, as an effect of her regular cancellations. Though she officially retired from the stage in the early ’60s, Callas made a short return to acting together with the Metropolitan Opera from January 1964 through July 1965.

In ’71 and ’72, she conducted master classes at Juilliard in Nyc. Despite her declining health, Callas followed a friend on a global recital tour in 1973 to help him raise funds for his sickly daughter. After the tour and news of Onassis’s marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy, Callas went to Paris, France, and became a recluse. On September 16, 1977, in the age of 55, Maria Callas fell and died suddenly and inexplicably in her Paris home.

Maria Callas Biography

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