Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sept. 17: American-born Greek soprano Maria Callas died on this date in 1977.

Born in New York, Maria received her musical education in Greece and established her career in Italy. She was one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century.
Callas combined an impressive bel canto technique with great dramatic gifts. An very versatile singer, her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini, and Rossini; further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and earlier the music dramas of Wagner. Her remarkable musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.

Press links below to view You Tube video performances:

-- "Butterfly" (Puccini)  

Her artistic achievements were such that Leonard Bernstein called her "The Bible of opera," and her influence so enduring that, in 2006, Opera News wrote of her: "Nearly thirty years after her death, she's still the definition of the diva as artist—and still one of classical music's best-selling vocalists."

Maria Callas was 53 when she died from a heart attack.
HIGHLY Recommended (Links to Amazon:)
Maria Callas 100 Best ClassicsMaria Callas - La DivinaMaria Callas - La Callas... ToujoursThe Very Best of Maria CallasMaria Callas - At Covent Garden 1962 and 1964Puccini: La Boheme (complete opera) with Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Anna Moffo, Antonino Votto, Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala, Milan

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