Maria Callas







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: December 1, 2013
Categories: General News

Maria Callas No Madame Butterfly

Today Monday December 2, 2013 Google brings another famous person to the world’s attention with their Google Doodle. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the life, legacy and career of Maria Callas. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates 90 years of Maria Callas.

Who was Maria Callas?

Maria Callas was born in the United States in New York City, New York on December 2, 1923 and died in Paris, France on September 16, 1977. Many today regard Maria Callas as one of the best and most renowned Opera Singers of the 20th century. Even the critics praised Maria Callas for her unique voice, Bel-Canto Technique, her wide ranging voice and her acting and dramatic stage personality.

She was a American born Greek Soprano who received most of her musical education in Greece and were most famous in Italy where she worked for most of her career.

Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini; 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”.

Madame Butterfly knew some hard times during her career (due to Wartimes in Europe) and everything weren’t always roses. Maria Callas endured some hard times, and also contracted myopia which almost left her blind onstage. In her career she endured several scandals and struggles during her life, one such notable scandal according to the Wikipedia article about Maria Callas were when she had a mid-life crisis and started heavy dieting. She went from a fat woman to thin in a short time and lost several kilograms of weight. Many people speculate that this is why her voice and vocals declined prematurely and maybe the main reason why her career ended.

The press exulted in publicizing Maria Callas allegedly temperamental behavior, her supposed rivalry with Renata Tebaldi and her love affair with Aristotle Onassis. Her dramatic life and personal tragedy have often overshadowed Maria Callas the artist in the popular press. However, her artistic achievements were such that Leonard Bernstein called her "the Bible of opera"; and her influence was 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."

Maria Callas and Apple

  • In 1998, a photo of Maria Callas was part of the poster series commissioned by Apple Computer for their "Think Different" advertising campaign. Previously she was shown in the commercial.

Maria Callas Murder accusations

  • In late 2004, opera and film director Franco Zeffirelli made what many consider a bizarre claim that Maria Callas may have been murdered by her confidant, Greek pianist Vasso Devetzi, in order to gain control of Maria Callas's United States $9,000,000 estate. A more likely explanation is that Maria Callas's death was due to heart failure brought on by (possibly unintentional) overuse of Mandrax (methaqualone), a sleeping aid.
  • In 2007, Maria Callas was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In the same year, she was voted the greatest soprano of all time by BBC Music Magazine.

Maria Callas Legacy

  • The 30th anniversary of the death of Maria Callas was selected as the main motif for a high value euro collectors' coin: the €10 Greek Maria Callas commemorative coin, minted in 2007. Her image is shown in the obverse of the coin, while on the reverse the National Emblem of Greece with her signature is depicted.
  • On December 2, 2013 Google featured Maria Callas on all their International Search Engines homepages for her legacy and contributions to opera and music.
  • Wikipedia have a comprehensive article about Maria Callas and her career and contributions to opera that you might want to read about:

    Maria Callas Wikipedia

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Maria Callas

Maria Callas Google Doodle

The Doodler who have designed today’s Google Doodle celebrating the life and legacy of Maria Callas did a stunning job to portray the life of Maria Callas. The Doodle Showcases a cartoon drawing of what perfectly resembles Maria Callas singing in an opera house. They have cleverly used the opera house and balconies to work in the words Google as part of the Maria Callas Google Doodle and it simply looks amazing and it is awesome how the doodle captures emotion and the drama within!