Day 209 of Colourisation Project – December 2
Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.
New York City-born Greek soprano, Maria Callas, one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century was born this day, December 2, in 1923. Callas was the most exciting opera singer of her time, captivating audiences around the world with her intensely dramatic performances, her wide vocal range and a repertoire ranging from classical opera seria to bel canto opera.
In 1977, Dario Soria, director of the Metropolitan Opera Guild proclaimed:
‘As a singer she was responsible for the revival of bel canto. As an actress, she made the stage exciting theater. As a personality, she had the kind of magic that makes news. I think she’ll be remembered as one of the greatest opera singers of all times.”
Callas possessed great style and elegance and an amazing stage presence, which coupled with her musical and dramatic talents earned her the title, La Divina. Today she continues to rank among the world’s top-selling classical artists.
On September 16, 1977, Maria Callas collapsed and died suddenly in her Paris home of a heart attack. She was 53 years old. Her ashes were flown to Greece and scattered in the Aegean Sea.
Callas was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1680 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
The quintessential diva, she remains one of the greatest icons of the twentieth century. Let yourselves be captivated by her beautiful performance of Casta Diva from Bellini’s opera, Norma in this 1958 video clip. Turn it up loud and enjoy!
“Hissing from the gallery is part of the scene. It is a hazard of the battlefield. Opera is a battlefield, and it must be accepted.” – Maria Callas