Maria Callas

December 18, 2007
by findingDulcinea Staff
"If you want brains, an awesome stage projection, intensity and musicianship, Miss Callas can supply those commodities more than any soprano around," New York Times music critic Harold C. Schonberg once wrote. "But if you look for voice and vocal splendor in your Tosca, Miss Callas is not the one to make you happy." Callas’s talents may have been debatable, but it is undeniable that Maria Callas dominated opera in the decades following World War II, and sparked he revival of interest in 19th-century bel canto operas. Read on to learn more about this fascinating soprano.

The Greatest

After her death in 1977, the New York Times published a lengthy obituary of Ms. Callas, detailing the singer’s life and her influences.
To view photos of the famous singer, visit The Official Maria Callas Web site Ms. Callas was described as “fat and squat” before revealing the svelte beauty that characterized her stage career.

Songs of a Soprano

Explore a recent episode of NPR’s Weekend Edition and listen to interviews with Maria Callas, add selected songs to your musical playlist, and view video performances of some famous performances.
See what Culture Kiosque has listed as the top 10 CDs of Maria Callas’s career.
U.K. news source the Guardian discusses Maria Callas’s accomplishments and career on their arts blog. The blog’s author asserts that Ms. Callas’s search for emotional truth in her music is what set her apart from everyone else.

In Glorious Detail

Arianna Huffington’s book, Maria Callas: The Woman behind the Legend, tells the story of the singer who "transformed herself from a chubby, painfully shy girl into a magnificent, celebrated musical star."

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