Maria Callas

One of the greatest coloratura opera singers of the 20th century, Maria Callas defined the term "diva" in all of its connotations. An enormously gifted performer from an early age, her versatility allowed her to tackle ... Read more »
Born: 12/02/1923 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (12)

The 33 2015 (Movie)

("Norma: Casta Diva") (Song Performer)

Arbitrage 2012 (Movie)

("Impromptu In B Flat Major") (Song Performer)

The American 2010 (Movie)

("Un Bel Dì Vedremo") (Song Performer)

Bottle Shock 2008 (Movie)

("Un Bel di Verdremo") (Song Performer)

Milk 2008 (Movie)

("Ah, Quegli Occhi! Quale Occhio Al Mondo") (Song Performer)

Our Lady of the Assassins 2001 (Movie)

("Una Voce Poco Fa (from 'Le Barber de Seville')") (Performer)

Great Moments in Opera 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Car 54, Where Are You? 1994 (Movie)

("Il Barbiere di Siviglia") (Performer)

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

aria performer("O Nume Tutelar" from the opera "La Vestale" "La Mamma Morta" from the opera "Andrea Chenier" "Ecco: Respiro Appena" from the opera "Adriana Lecouvreur" "Ebben? Ne Andro Lontana" from the opera "La Wally") (Performer)

Lorenzo's Oil 1992 (Movie)

aria performer("Casta Diva" from opera "Norma") (Performer)

Ein Mann Wie EVA 1991 (Movie)

music extract performer("La Traviata") (Music)

The Life of Verdi (TV Show)

Song Performer
Actor (1)

Medea 1970 (Movie)

Medea (Actor)

Biography

One of the greatest coloratura opera singers of the 20th century, Maria Callas defined the term "diva" in all of its connotations. An enormously gifted performer from an early age, her versatility allowed her to tackle a wide variety of operas, from the powerful dramas of Richard Wagner to bel canto and the classical opera seria style. But a difficult childhood had left her with a volcanic personality that often resulted in clashes with opera houses, fellow performers and the press, which dubbed her as temperamental. An ill-fated love affair with Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis also brought its share of headlines and heartache. By the end of the 1950s, loss of vocal power, caused by either dramatic weight loss or simple wear from the rigors of singing, led to a decline in her career that largely ended in 1965, save for a nostalgic tour in 1973. Her death in 1977 enshrined her as a larger-than-life figure whose emotional highs and lows often obscured the fact that she was one of opera's greatest interpreters, as well as one of its best-selling artists, even decades after her death.

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