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Athens museum to honor opera star Maria Callas

Athens museum to honor opera star Maria Callas

ATHENS , Greece, April 9 (UPI) -- Plans for a museum dedicated to Greek opera star Maria Callas in Athens were unveiled Wednesday, with the museum expected to open in 2015.
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Maria Callas, Opera Diva, honored in Google Doodle

Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Monday's Google Doodle honors Opera star Maria Callas on what would have been her 90th birthday.
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Opera company founder Rescigno dead at 92

VITERBO, Italy, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Nicola Rescigno, a famed conductor and founder of two major U.S. opera companies, has died in a hospital in Viterbo, Italy, said his nephew, Joseph.
Italian tenor di Stefano dead at 86

Italian tenor di Stefano dead at 86

MILAN, Italy, March 4 (UPI) -- Famed Italian lyric tenor Giuseppe di Stefano has died at his home in Santa Maria Hoe, north of Milan, his wife Monika Curth said. He was 86.

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Costume, photo exhibits mark Callas' death

MILAN , Italy, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Milan is marking the 30th anniversary of the death of famed opera singer Maria Callas with photo and costume exhibits, ANSA reported Thursday.

Police searching for Callas dress

ATHENS, Greece, May 30 (UPI) -- Police in Athens are reviewing surveillance video for help in identifying a thief who stole a dress belonging to the late diva Maria Callas on display.

Korean baritones win top prizes

ATHENS, Greece, March 21 (UPI) -- Four Korean baritones have swept the top prizes at a world-class opera competition in Greece.
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Maria Callas (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας) (December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977) was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century. She combined an impressive bel canto technique, a wide-ranging voice and great dramatic gifts. An extremely 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, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her remarkable musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.

Born in New York City and raised by an overbearing mother, she received her musical education in Greece and established her career in Italy. Forced to deal with the exigencies 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 svelte and glamorous one after a mid-career weight loss, which might have contributed to her vocal decline and the premature end of her career. The press exulted in publicizing Callas's allegedly temperamental behaviour, her supposed rivalry with Renata Tebaldi and her love affair with Aristotle Onassis. Her dramatic life and personal tragedy have often overshadowed Callas the artist in the popular press. However, her artistic achievements were such that Leonard Bernstein called her "The Bible of opera"; and her influence was 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."

According to her birth certificate, Maria Callas was born Sophia Cecelia Kalos at Flower Hospital (now the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center), at 1249 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, on December 2, 1923 to Greek parents George Kalogeropoulos and Evangelia "Litsa" (sometimes "Litza") Dimitriadou, though she was christened Anna Maria Sofia Cecilia Kalogeropoulou – the genitive of the patronymic Kalogeropoulos – (Greek: Μαρία Άννα Σοφία Καικιλία Καλογεροπούλου). Callas's father had shortened the surname Kalogeropoulos first to "Kalos" and subsequently to "Callas" in order to make it more manageable.

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