Revisit " Sister, Sister " and more '90s TV throwbacks that need a revival now. See our picks list. Looking for something to watch? Sign In. Up 2, this week. Her father set up a pharmacy and changed the family name from Kalogeropoulos to Callas. As a child Maria studied the piano. When her parents separated she was 14 at the time , her mother returned to Athens with Maria and her sister. The budding singer was quickly
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.
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Maria Callas was one of the outstanding soprano singers of the 20th century. Ninety years after her birth, this diva's extraordinary voice and acting — captured on albums, CDs and DVDs — continue to enchant people the world over. Born in New York City on 2 December , Maria Callas was adored by both public and critics alike for her vocal technique and dramatic gifts. Her repertoire ranged from serious classical operas to the bel canto works of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini; to the masterpieces of Verdi and Puccini; and even to Wagner. Her talents led to her being hailed as La Divina. She is seen here rehearsing for her title role in Medea at Covent Garden, June Callas often spoke of her unhappy childhood. After her mother spotted Maria's talent for music, the five-year old was pushed into singing lessons. There she received her musical education. Fanatical, uncompromising, dedicated to her studies heart and soul.
Callas was the daughter of Greek immigrants and early developed an interest in singing. Accompanied by her mother, she left the United States in to study at the Athens Conservatory with soprano Elvira de Hidalgo. She sang locally in Cavalleria rusticana and Boccaccio and returned to the United States in Her career began in earnest in August , when she appeared in Verona in La gioconda. Soon, under the tutoring of conductor Tullio Serafin, she made debuts in Venice , Turin , and Florence. Her powerful soprano voice, capable of sustaining both lyric and coloratura roles, was intensely dramatic; combined with her strong sense of theatre and her scrupulously high artistic standards, it took her quickly to the forefront of contemporary opera talent. Her abilities made possible the revival of 19th-century bel canto works, notably those of Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti , that had long been dropped from standard repertoires. In she appeared at Covent Garden , London.