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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
1Che tua madre dovra prenderti Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio
2Tacea la notte placida Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
3Che non m'inganna quel fioco lume Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.14

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
4Mario su presto! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Sciarrone
5Ma signor ma un dottor Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.26

Type: recitativeVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bartolo/Basilio
6Pieta pieta pieta Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07-3

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Aida
7Non pianger mia compagna Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth
8E deggio e posso crederlo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count
9E dolce raggio Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04-2

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Elena
10Mimì è tanto malata! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Mimì/Marcello
11Noi siamo zingarelle Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.15

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

Roles:
12Ma chi vien? Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.06

Type: trioVoice: T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enzo/Barnaba/Laura
13Legger potessi in me Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.07-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna
14Sa dirmi, scusi, qual'è l'osteria Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.02

Type: duet,choirVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mimì/A customs Sergeant
15O qual soave brivido Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo
16Vieni t'affretta Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
17Possente Ftha Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramfis
18Ora di morte e di vendetta Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Macbeth
19Che volo d'augelli Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.09-2

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nedda
20Lucia fra poco a te verra Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Normanno/Enrico
21Poiche tu vuoi saper Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Lescaut
22Teneri figli Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.02-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
23Oh! se una volta sola Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amina
24Numi venite a me Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée
25Ritorna vincitor Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
26Vieni fra queste braccia Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Arturo
27Miei fidi amici alfine Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida/Elena/Arrigo
28Oh! meschina! oh fato orrendo! Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.13

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edgardo
29Il giorno intorno Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.02-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maddalena/Carlo/Comtesse
30Questo di per noi spuntato Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.17

Type: ensembleVoice: S Mz T BLanguage: Italian

Roles:
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