January 27th, 2016
The letter is C for Maria CALLAS
A superb Coloratura
Maria Callas was born in New York in 1923, of Greek parentage
Her parents separated when she was 14 and she returned to Greece with her mother.
She had won some acceptance as a singer in America and almost immediately became a pupil of Maria Trivella. Maria gained great renown as an Operatic singer, as well as a reputation for being extremely tempestuous and stormy.
In 1949 she married Giovanni Batlista Managhina, a wealthy industrialist and follower of the opera, who took over management of her career.
When in later years she met Aristotle Onassis she left her husband, expecting to marry Onassis.
He, however, married Jacqueline Kennedy, leaving Maria completely devastated.
Her voice failed her, and her health. In 1977 she died at the age of 53 of a heart attack,
leaving behind a grand opera legend and a turbulent and tragic image.
Maria Callas singing the Gounod-Bach Ave Maria
I listen to it with prickly eyes.....
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