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Saturday, April 10, 2021

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN


MARIA CALLAS
(Dec 2 1923 - Sep 16 1977)


Considered by many the greatest operatic soprano (as well as the greatest operatic actress) of the twentieth century.

In Milan's La Scala, in 1962, became noted as Medea for delivering the last sentence, "Ho data tutto a te" (I gave everything to you), not looking at Jason as the libretto imposes, but staring at her audience.

Was a close friend of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2007).

Lost almost 80 pounds because she decided that she needed a thinner face and figure to perform on stage (1953).

Expecting that Aristotle Onassis would marry her, she took Greek citizenship (1966).

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1680 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

Callas died September 16, 1977, due to heart failure in Paris, France. She is still considered one of the most influential and talented opera singers to ever live.


"You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks. The artist is always there."

"First I lost my weight, then I lost my voice and then I lost Onassis."

"Love is so much better when you're not married."
MARIA CALLAS









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