Maria Callas    
             
   
  To many people, Maria Callas was the greatest opera singer of all time. The height of her career spanned twenty years from 1947. After this her vocal powers became weaker and she appeared infrequently.

At the height of her career she was undoubtedly the finest singing actress of her time. She was a perfectionist and made great demands on others, earning herself a reputation for being difficult to work with.

Maria Callas made many films, broadcasts and records which helped to establish her stardom. 'La Divina' as she was called, was among the most famous of 20th century performers.
 
 
     
   
  She was best known for her performances in the bel canto repertory and in addition to her roles in the familiar works of Verdi and Puccini, she was instrumental in reawakening interest in the operas of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini.

She had a reputation for being temperamental and her private life was the subject of much media attention. In 1949 she married an Italian Industrialist, after which she was often billed as Maria Meneghini Callas. The marriage lasted for about 10 years and she went on to have a very public and ultimately unhappy love affair with the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. When Onassis married Jacqueline Kennedy, Maria Callas became reclusive.

She died of a heart attack in 1977.
 
   
             

 
Examples of Maria Callas records in our lists:
 
               
EMI/HMV ASD 2300 Puccini Tosca Highlights Pretre Paris Conservatoire  
IMI DMC 17 Puccini Tosca extracts Sebastien Opera De Paris  
IMI DMC 04 Verdi Il Trovatore extracts Votto La Scala  
IMI DMC 05 Rossini Barber Seville extracts Giulini La Scala  
  EMI/HMV ASD 3535 Maria Callas The Legend      
  EMI/HMV ASD 2791 Arias from Aida, Un Ballo in Mascherea, I Vespri Siciliani etc.  
  EMI Pathe 130552 Bizet Carmen Highlights Pretre Theatre National de L'Opera  
  EMI/HMV ALP 2282 Bizet Carmen Highlights Pretre Theatre National de L'Opera  
  EMI Columbia 33CX 1204 Puccini Arias Serafin Philharmonia  
  Cetra LO 28 Verdi La Traviata Giulini La Scala  
  Angel 3508 Puccini Tosca De Sabata La Scala