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Maria Callas

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: Greek
Year of Birth: 1923
Year of Death: 1977

About Maria Callas:

Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI (/ˈkæləs/; Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας; December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977) was an American-born Greek soprano. She was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini and further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.

Born in New York City to Greek immigrant parents, she was raised by an overbearing mother who had wanted a son. Maria received her musical education in Greece at age 13 and later established her career in Italy. Forced to deal with the exigencies of 1940s wartime poverty and with near-sightedness 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 temperamental behavior, her supposed rivalry with Renata Tebaldi and her love affair with Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Although her dramatic life and personal tragedy have often overshadowed Callas the artist in the popular press, 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."

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Zitti zitti piano piano Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.16-1

Type: ensembleVoice: allLanguage: Italian

Roles:
2Zitti zitti moviamo a vendetta Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: choir,duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Rigoletto
3When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
4Werther qui m'aurait dit la place Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte
5Volta la terrea Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: aria,duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Riccardo
6Volgi il guardo a me sereno Arrigo Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03-2

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Elena
7Voici l'ordre, partez Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.13

Type: recitative,finaleVoice: B MzLanguage: French

Roles: Zuniga/Carmen
8Voi siete demente Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth/Lady McB
9Voi Regina! E fia pur vero Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.14-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T S B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Percy/Anna/Enrico/Rochefort
10Voi lo sapete, o mamma Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.12

Type: aria,duetVoice: S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Lucia
11Voi che sapete Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cherubino
12Vogliatemi bene Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13-2

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
13Voga voga a terra a terra Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.09

Type: recitative,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiorilla
14Voce di donna o d'angelo Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 1.09

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: La Cieca
15Vo' far guerra Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Armida
16Vivra contende il giubilo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles:
17Viva viva Amina Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.01-1

Type: choirVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles:
18Viva Parpignol! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: quintetVoice: Br S Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Mimì/Schaunard/Colline/Rodolfo
19Viva Nabucco Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08

Type: quartetVoice: S B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille/Zaccaria/Ismaele/Nabucco
20Viva la guerra Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Preziosilla/Carlo/Mayor
21Viva la buona compagnia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: Br Mz B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Preziosilla/Mayor/Trabuco
22Viva il vino spumeggiante Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.19-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Lola
23Viva il Conte! Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.04-1

Type: duet,choirVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amina/Elvino
24Viva allegri! chi risponde? Popularity:

Opera: Pirata, IlComposer: BelliniAct: 1.10

Type: recitative,choirVoice: T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Itulbo/Imogene/Adele
25Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Scarpia/Cavaradossi
26Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09-3

Type: trio,choirVoice: T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Macbeth/Malcolm
27Vissi d'arte vissi d'amore Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.14-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
28Vil seduttor infame figlia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07-2

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marquis/Alvaro/Leonora
29Vieni!..Lasciami! Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 3.10-1

Type: quintet,choirVoice: Br cA B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba/La Cieca/Alvise/Enzo/Gioconda
30Vieni t'affretta Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
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