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Kalogeropoulos, Maria Anna Sofia (Callas, Maria)

Born: 1923 AD
Died: 1977 AD, at 53 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Singer


1923 - Born on December 2nd in New York, New York. Maria Cecilia Sophia Anna Kalogeropoulos, an American operatic soprano who revived classical coloratura roles in the mid-20th century with her lyrical and dramatic versatility.

1937 - Accompanied by her mother, she left the United States to study at the Athens Conservatory with soprano Elvira de Hidalgo.

1942 - She made her professional debut in February in the small role of Beatrice in Franz von Suppé Boccaccio.

1945 - She sang locally in Cavalleria rusticana and Boccaccio and returned to the United States.

1946 - Callas was engaged to re-open the opera house in Chicago as Turandot.

1947 - 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.

1949 - Married Giovanni Battista Meneghini, an older, wealthy industrialist.

         - She was engaged to sing the role of Brünnhilde in Die Walküre at the Teatro la Fenice.

1950 - Callas made her official debut at La Scala in I Vespri Siciliani in December.

1954 - She made her American Debut in Chicago.

1952 - She made her London debut at the Royal Opera House in Norma with veteran mezzo-soprano Ebe Stignani.

1965 - Callas ended her stage career in the role of Tosca.

1969 - The Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini cast Callas in her only non-operatic acting role, as the Greek mythological character of Medea.

1971-1972 - She gave a series of master classes at the Juilliard School in New York.

1973 - She allegedly turned this down to stage a series of joint recitals in Europe.

1974 - Her final public performance was on 11th of November, in Sapporo, Japan.

1977 - She died on 16th of September, of a heart attack, at the age of 53.


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