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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
841Or che reso ai patrii lidi Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.16

Type: recitativeVoice: B T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Percy/Anna/Rochefort
842Piu s'indugia Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolina/Callistene/Severo
843Ahime gioir vorrei Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dircé
844Questo di per noi spuntato Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.17

Type: ensembleVoice: S Mz T BLanguage: Italian

Roles:
845E nulla nulla! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.03-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
846Maledizion ha preso il vol Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barnaba/Gioconda/Enzo
847Ed ora a voi cantero Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles:
848O furibonda jena Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 4.05

Type: trioVoice: T S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enzo/Gioconda/Laura
849Ah! qual suono Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-3

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco/Abigaille
850Verra presto all'altar Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée/Jason
851Stolta non sai Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Giovanna
852Quest alma e troppo debole Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolina/Severo
853Altro de nostri e questo Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14-2

Type: quartetVoice: B B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Samuel/Tom/Renato/Oscar
854Scoverti sono alfin Popularity:

Opera: Iphigénie en TaurideComposer: GluckAct: 4

Type: quartetVoice: S/Mz B T SLanguage: French

Roles: Iphigénie/Thoas/Pylade/Diane
855Il voto pago andra Popularity:

Opera: Iphigénie en TaurideComposer: GluckAct: 3

Type: trioVoice: S/Mz Br/T TLanguage: French

Roles: Iphigénie/Oreste/Pylade
856Alcun potria ascoltarti Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.23

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Percy
857Volgi il guardo a me sereno Arrigo Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Elena
858Che me stimi salvar Popularity:

Opera: Iphigénie en TaurideComposer: GluckAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Iphigénie
859Alto la fedel drappello Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira/Riccardo/Giorgio
860Gran meraviglie Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.21

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaida
861Che tenti oh trema insano Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-1

Type: sextetVoice: B Br Mz T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zaccaria/Nabucco/Fenena/Ismaele/Anna/Abigaille
862Miei fidi amici alfine Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Procida/Elena/Arrigo
863In questa eterea forma Popularity:

Opera: Iphigénie en TaurideComposer: GluckAct: 4

Type: quartetVoice: Br/T T B SLanguage: French

Roles: Oreste/Pylade/Thoas/Diane
864Un fulgido lume sul Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolina/Poliuto
865Deh! vieni il mio mortale Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.07

Type: quartet,choir,finaleVoice: T Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Guido/Procida/Elena
866Dal capo mio la prendi Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco
867Sempre gridi e tumulti Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.11-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Berta
868Il mio braccio t'affera Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.13

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Laura
869Ecco respiro appena Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana
870Noi siamo zingarelle Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.15

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

Roles:
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