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MARIA CALLAS

The career of Maria Callas began in Athens in 1938 in concert, her first professional stage appearance in 1942 as Tosca, and she continued to sing in her native country until September 1945, when she went to the United States.

She returned to Europe in the summer of 1947 and auditioned for the distinguished Italian conductor Tullio Serafin for the title rôle in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda to be given at the Verona Arena in August that year. She was engaged for five performances, thereby making her Italian début. The success of these performances resulted in Callas obtaining rôles in Tristan und Isolde, Turandot, La forza del destino, Aida, Norma, Die Walküre, I Puritani, Nabucco and Parsifal in places such as Venice, Udine, Trieste, Genoa, Rome, Florence, Naples and Palermo.

In the summer of 1949 she made her overseas début in Buenos Aires, followed by Mexico City for the ensuing three years. All the while her star was continuing to rise. She made a last-minute appearance as a replacement for an ailing Renata Tebaldi as Aida in April 1950 at La Scala, but in December 1951 made her ‘proper’ début as Elena in I vespri siciliani.

She had now finally arrived. Her first London engagement as Norma in November 1952 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, proved a complete triumph and launched Callas on the international scene. From then until the end of the 1950s her reputation and fame remained virtually undiminished. Vocal and personal problems, however, began in 1959, and she temporarily withdrew from performing regularly. Her last stage appearance was in London as Tosca in July 1965 but by then she had moved to singing in concert.

Apart from some studio recording sessions in 1969 and 1972, she attempted a final and ill-advised series of concert appearances throughout Europe, North America and the Far East with the tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano during 1973–74 before retiring. She died in Paris in September 1977, aged 53.

For more information, please visit www.notablebiographies.com/Br-Ca/Callas-Maria.html.


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (Callas, Monti, La Scala, Votto) (1957) Naxos Historical
8.111284-85
Opera
BELLINI: Norma (Callas, Filippeschi) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.110325-27
Opera
BELLINI: Puritani (I) (Callas, Di Stefano) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.110259-60
Opera
CALLAS, Maria: Callas Assoluta (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
101476
Classical Documentary
CALLAS, Maria: Callas Assoluta (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101817
Classical Documentary
CALLAS, Maria: Callas Assoluta (NTSC) (US Edition) Arthaus Musik
101475
Classical Documentary
CALLAS, Maria: Callas at La Scala (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80046
Opera
CALLAS, Maria: Divina(La), A Portrait (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100052
Classical Documentary
CALLAS, Maria: Immortal Opera Arias (1949-1955) Naxos Historical
8.103015
Opera
CALLAS, Maria: Portrait (A) (1949-1954) Naxos Historical
8.111082
Opera
CALLAS, Maria: Puccini Heroines / Lyric Arias (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111275
Opera
CHERUBINI, L.: Medea (Callas, Vickers, Carlyle, Cossotto, Covent Garden Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Rescigno) (1959) ICA Classics
ICAC5110
Opera
DONIZETTI, G.: Anna Bolena [Opera] (Rossi-Lemeni, Callas, Milan La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, Gavazzeni) (1957) La Scala Memories
9788865440117
Opera
DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor (Callas, di Stefano, Gobbi) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.110131-32
Opera
LEONCAVALLO: Pagliacci (Callas, di Stefano, Serafin) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111024
Opera
MASCAGNI: Cavalleria rusticana (Callas, di Stefano, Serafin) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.111025
Opera
Opera Arias (Soprano): Callas, Maria - BELLINI, V. / ROSSINI, G. / DONIZETTI, G. (Callas Alla Scala, Vol. 1 - Bel canto) (1953-1957) La Scala Memories
9788865440193
Opera
PONCHIELLI, A.: Gioconda (La) [Opera] (Callas) (1959) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80899-901
Opera
PONCHIELLI: Gioconda (La) (Callas) (1952) Naxos Historical
8.110302-04
Opera
PUCCINI, G.: Boheme (La) (Callas, Di Stefano, La Scala, Votto) (1956) Naxos Historical
8.111332-33
Opera
PUCCINI, G.: Manon Lescaut [Opera] (Callas, Di Stefano, La Scala, Serafin) (1957) Naxos Historical
8.112031-32
Opera
PUCCINI, G.: Opera excerpts Phoenix Edition
Phoenix150
Opera
PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Callas, Fernandi, Schwarzkopf, La Scala, Serafin) (1957) Naxos Historical
8.111334-35
Opera
PUCCINI: Madama Butterfly (Callas, Gedda, Karajan) (1955) Naxos Historical
8.111026-27
Opera
PUCCINI: Tosca (Callas, di Stefano) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.110256-57
Opera
ROSSINI: Turco in Italia (Il) (Callas, Rossi-Lemeni, Gavazzeni) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111028-29
Opera
SPONTINI, G.: Vestale (La) [Opera] (Sung in Italian) (Callas, Milan La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, Votto) (1954) La Scala Memories
9788865440070
Opera
VERDI ALLA SCALA, Vol. 2 - Arie Celebri e Romanze La Scala Memories
9788865440285
Opera
VERDI, G.: Opera Arias (Callas Alla Scala, Vol. 2 - Arie Verdiane) (Callas) (1952-1957) La Scala Memories
9788865440278
Opera
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Callas, Milan La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, Giulini) (1956) La Scala Memories
9788865440124
Opera
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Callas, Milan La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, Giulini) (1956) (3-LP Edition) La Scala Memories
9788865440292
Opera
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Callas, Valletti, Zanasi, Covent Garden Opera, Rescigno) (1958) ICA Classics
ICAC5006
Opera
VERDI, G.: Un ballo in maschera [Opera] (Di Stefano, Bastianini, Callas, Milan La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, Gavazzeni) (1957) La Scala Memories
9788865440209
Opera
VERDI: Aida (Callas, Tucker, Serafin) (1955) Naxos Historical
8.111240-41
Opera
VERDI: Ballo in Maschera (Un) (Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi) (1956) Naxos Historical
8.111278-79
Opera
VERDI: Forza del destino (La) (Callas, Tucker, Serafin) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111322-24
Opera
VERDI: Rigoletto (Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi / La Scala) (1955) Naxos Historical
8.111242-43
Opera
VERDI: Traviata (La) (Callas, Albanese) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.110300-01
Opera
VERDI: Trovatore (Il) (Callas, di Stefano, Karajan) (1956) Naxos Historical
8.111280-81
Opera





 
 
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