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Anna Maria Sofia Cecilia Kalogeropoulou (Kalogeropoulos)

Greek: Μαρία Καλογεροπούλου
Also Known As: "Meneghini", "Calogeropoulos", "Kalos", "Μαρία Άννα Σοφία Καικιλία Καλογεροπούλου", "Calas"
Birthplace: Flower Hospital, Manhatten, NY, United States
Death: September 16, 1977 (53)
Paris, Ile-de-France, France (Myocardial infarction)
Place of Burial: Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Daughter of GEORGE Kalogeropoulos and EVAGGELIA LITSA Kalogeropoulou
Wife of Giovanni Battista Meneghini
Ex-partner of Aristotle Socrates Onassis
Mother of Omiros Onassis
Sister of Yakinthi Jackie Stathopoulou and Vassilis Kalogeropoulos

Occupation: SOPRANO
Managed by: Ric Dickinson
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About Maria Callas

Maria Callas (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας) (December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977)

An American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century. She combined an impressive bel canto technique, a wide-ranging voice, and great dramatic gifts. An extremely versatile singer, 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 remarkable musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.

Born in New York City and raised by an overbearing mother, she received her musical education in Greece and established her career in Italy. Forced to deal with the exigencies of wartime poverty and with myopia that left her nearly blind on stage, she endured struggles and scandal over the course of her career. She turned herself from a heavy woman into a svelte and glamorous one after a mid-career weight loss, which might have contributed to her vocal decline and the premature end of her career. The press exulted in publicizing Callas's 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 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 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."

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Maria Callas's Timeline

December 2, 1923
Flower Hospital, Manhatten, NY, United States
March 30, 1960
September 16, 1977
Age 53
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
June 3, 1979
Age 53
Père Lachaise Cemetery (Ashes later were scattered over the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Greece), Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Greek National Conservatoire, Iraklio