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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
301Ogni cura si doni al diletto Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: quintetVoice: T Br S B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato/Oscar/Samuel/Tom
302T'allontana sciagurato Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Arturo/Edgardo/Raimondo
303Or tutti sorgete Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Macbeth
304Lo sognai ferito esangue Popularity:

Opera: Pirata, IlComposer: BelliniAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Imogene
305Di tale amor che dirsi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
306Nemici senza cor Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 1.14

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée/Jason
307Fatal mia donna Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth/Lady McB
308Di qual tetra luce Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06-2

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
309Ebben..? Ne andro lontano Popularity:

Opera: Wally, LaComposer: CatalaniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Wally
310Fine al rito Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
311Ah! franchigia a Floria Tosca Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi/Tosca
312Non sono in vena! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.06-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mimì/Rodolfo
313Ancor non giunse Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Alisa
314Ite sul colle. O Druidi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.02

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
315Me pellegrina ed orfana Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
316Il suon dell arpe angeliche Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.08

Type: quartet,choirVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolina/Poliuto/Severo/Callistene
317Ah! fors e lui che l'anima Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
318Va crudele al Dio spietato Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pollione/Adalgisa
319Qui di sposa eterna fede Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.11-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Edgardo
320Duca Duca? Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
321Vanne si mi lascia indegno Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.27

Type: trioVoice: S T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Adalgisa
322Dell invito trascorsa e gia l'ora Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
323Tre enigmi m'hai proposto Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.16

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Emperor
324Annina donde vieni Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-2

Type: quartetVoice: T S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Annina/Violetta/Giorgio
325Sai com'arde in petto mio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Elvira
326Di sprezzo degno se stesso rende Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.20

Type: quartetVoice: T Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Giorgio/Violetta/Barone
327Alta cagion v'aduna Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: King of Egypt
328Vieni o diletta appressati Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Aida/Radames
329Ebben..? che diavol fate Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: trioVoice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giuseppe
330Di quai soavi lagrime Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.07-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolina
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