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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
241Mario su presto! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Sciarrone
242Quanto cielo quanto mar Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05-1

Type: Voice: n/aLanguage: Italian

243Studia il passo Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Banco
244Deserto sulla terra Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico
245Nuit d'ivresse et d'extase Popularity:

Opera: Troyens, LesComposer: BerliozAct: 4

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Didon/Énée
246Nedda! Silvio! Popularity:

Opera: PagliacciComposer: LeoncavalloAct: 1.12-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nedda/Silvio/Tonio
247La mamma morte Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maddalena
248L'ora fatal s'appressa Popularity:

Opera: Assedio di CorintoComposer: RossiniAct: 3

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

249Cielo a miei lunghi spasimi Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.20-2

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Smeton/Percy/Rochefort
250Ancora un passo or via Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Goro
251Ohime!..morir mi sento Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
252Un di quando le veneri Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-1

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Giorgio
253Fu la sorte dell'armi a tuoi funesta Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amneris
254E un anatema Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Laura
255Pensieri voi mi tormentate Popularity:

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Agrippina
256Solo un pianto Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Néris
257Ehi di casa buona gente Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.23-1

Type: quartetVoice: cA/Mz T B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Count/Basilio/Figaro
258Canzone del Salice Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: RossiniAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

259Sono andati? Fingevo di dormire Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.07

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mimì/Rodolfo
260Ozean du Ungeheuer Popularity:

Opera: OberonComposer: WeberAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Reiza
261Ah! per l'ultima volta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.15

Type: sextet,finaleVoice: T B S Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù/Ping/Pang/Pong
262Ah! qual colpo inaspettato Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trioVoice: T Br cA/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Figaro/Rosina
263Guerra guerra Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Oroveso
264Il primo giudice Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: trioVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Riccardo/A judge
265Di geloso amor sprezzato Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Count/Manrico
266Manon senti amor mio Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.02

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
267Ah! vieni al tempio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.19-2

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

Roles: Elvira/Bruno/Riccardo/Giorgio
268Oh! dischiuso e il firmamento Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fenena
269Tu vedrai che amore in terra Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

270Se tradirmi tu potrai Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Lucia
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