Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthDecember 2, 1923
DiedSeptember 16, 1977, Paris, France
SpouseGiovanni Battista Meneghini
FactWas a close friend of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Maria Callas was born on December 2, 1923, in New York City. Her parents were Greek immigrants who had come to the United States in search of a better life. Maria was the youngest of three children. Her older sister, Sophia, died when Maria was just two years old. Her brother, Constantine, was eight years older than Maria. Maria’s parents were very strict and demanding. They expected their children to be perfect in everything they did.

Maria began taking piano lessons when she was six years old. She also took ballet lessons and sang in the church choir. When she was sixteen, she left home to study voice at the Juilliard School in New York City. After graduation, she moved to Italy to pursue her career.

Maria made her operatic debut in 1946, in the role of Tosca. She quickly became one of the most famous opera singers in the world. She appeared at all the major opera houses, including La Scala in Milan and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Maria was known for her powerful voice and her dramatic interpretations of roles.

In 1959, Maria made her first and only film appearance, in the movie “Callas Forever.” The film was not a success.

In 1977, Maria gave her last performance, in the role of Norma at La Scala. She retired from the stage soon afterwards.

Maria Callas died on September 16, 1977, at the age of 53. She had been suffering from poor health for many years.

At the time of her death, Maria was one of the most famous opera singers in the world. She had a huge impact on the world of opera and on popular culture. Her recordings are still popular today.

General Info

Full NameMaria Callas
Date Of BirthDecember 2, 1923
DiedSeptember 16, 1977, Paris, France
Height1.73 m
ProfessionActor, Singer
EducationGreek National Conservatoire, Athens Conservatoire


SpouseGiovanni Battista Meneghini
ParentsGeorge Kalogeropoulos, Evangelia Dimitriadou
SiblingsYakinthi Callas, Vassilis Callas


AwardsGrammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
MoviesMedea, Mona Lisa, Callas Walking Lucia, Maria Callas Portrait, Maria Callas: In Concert: Hamburg 1959 & 1962

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1Love is so much better when you're not married.
2You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks. The artist is always there.
3First I lost my weight, then I lost my voice and then I lost Onassis.


1She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1680 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
2Born to George Kalogeropoulos and his wife Evangelia "Litsa" Dimitriadou, she had a sister, Yakinthi (born in 1917, called Jackie), and a brother, Vasilis (born in 1920, died in 1922).
3Expecting that Aristotle Onassis would marry her, she took Greek citizenship (1966).
4Lost almost 80 pounds because she decided that she needed a thinner face and figure to perform on stage (1953).
5Was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2007).
6Considered by many the greatest operatic soprano (as well as the greatest operatic actress) of the twentieth century.
7Was a close friend of Pier Paolo Pasolini.
8In Milan's La Scala, in 1962, became noted as Medea for delivering the last sentence, "Ho data tutto a te" (I gave everything to you), not looking at Jason as the libretto imposes, but staring at her audience.
9Rejected invitations to play Norma by director Joseph Losey, and Tosca by director Franco Zeffirelli, and was tempted to do Medea by director Carl Theodor Dreyer - a project that did not materialize - and finally accepted to be Medea in Pier Paolo Pasolini film - when her voice failed her.
10Was nearsighted and refused to wear her glasses. She also hated to wear her contact lenses. This frustrated many a conductor, who relies on the singer to watch for tempos.
11Struck by a car when she was 5 years old, and was in a coma for 22 days.
12Sang 100 performances in 1950, the most she gave in a single year.
13La Scala artistic director Arturo Toscanini auditioned her for Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth and, impressed, sought a production for her. It never happened. However, he did criticize her diction, saying that "you cannot understand a word she sings".
14Known for singing both coloratura and spinto soprano roles.
15After the death of their son Vassilis from meningitis in 1922, Maria's father George decided to move to the United States, when his wife got pregnant again. In 1929, George set up a pharmacy in a Greek quarter of Manhattan and the Kalogeropoulos family legally changed their name to Callas to make it more manageable. However, Maria's parents finally separated, so Maria, her sister and her mother returned to Athens in 1937.
16In 1972, George Moore, president of the Metropolitan Opera board, offered her the job of Artistic Director. She turned it down to stage her comeback recital tour. The 1973 tour was a disater due to Callas's almost-completely destroyed voice.
17In 1957, after a performance in Donizetti's Anna Bolena, Maria was introduced to Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis at a party given in her honor by Elsa Maxwell. She eventually left her husband for him. Onassis would break off thier relationship to marry Jacqueline Kennedy.
18In 1934, at age 11, Maria won an amateur radio singing contest. Her prize was a Bulova watch.
19Her ashes were flown to Greece and scattered in the Aegean Sea.
20From October 1971 to March 1972, Callas gave a series of master classes to 25 students at The Juilliard School in New York, who auditioned for the opportunity to be critiqued by her. They were open to the public and the sold-out crowds included opera greats Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Tito Gobbi, Plácido Domingo, Grace Bumbry, and Bidu Sayão, actors Lillian Gish and Ben Gazzara, and director Franco Zeffirelli.
21According to "Greek Fire: The Story Of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis" by Nicholas Gage, Callas's and Onassis's child, a boy, was born and died on 30 March 1960.
22Opera star
23Legendary soprano of Greek origin, 'primadonna assoluta' of her generation.




War Dogs2016performer: "Carmen: L'Amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle Habanera"
Gino2016Short performer: "Madama Butterfly"
The 332015performer: "Norma: Casta Diva"
Avengers: Age of Ultron2015performer: "Norma, Act I: 'Casta Diva'"
Gotham2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pasolini2014performer: "Una voce poco fa cavatina di Rosina"
Seçim2014performer: "Ave Maria"
Saint Laurent2014from the 1896 opera "Andrea Chénier", "Tosca, Act II: "Vissi d'arte", "Madama Butterfly, Act II: Un bel dì vedremo" Composed by nm0006242, with a libretto by nm0407794 and nm0316044, 1903, "La Mamma Morta, Act III"
Grace of Monaco2014performer: "O mio babbino caro", "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana"
Stella cadente2014performer: "Un bel dí vedremo"
Yves Saint Laurent2014"'La Traviata, Act I: 'Libiam ne' lieti calici' " Alfredo, Chorus, Violetta, "Tosca, Act II: "Vissi d'arte", "La Wally, Act I: "Ebben?... Ne Andrò Lontana"
Maria, Callas2013Documentary short performer: "O mio Babbino Caro"
Orphan Black2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Metro Manila2013performer: "O mio babbino caro", "Ebben... Ne andro lontana"
Kiss of the Damned2012performer: "Suicidiol"
Le monde2012Short "La Wally : Ebben? Ne andro lontana"
Paris-Manhattan2012"Suicido! ... in questi fieri momenti" extract
Arbitrage2012performer: "Impromptu in B Flat Major"
Gent de paraula2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Iron Lady2011performer: "Casta Diva" From "Norma"
Borgen2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Elena2011performer: "Casta Diva" from the opera, "Norma"
La Duquesa II2011TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Warrior's Way2010performer: "D'amor sull'ali rosee"
The American2010performer: "UN BEL DÌ VEDREMO"
Hanyo2010performer: "La Mamma Morta" from Opera Andrea Chinier
L'immortel2010performer: "Ehii Rodolfo ... O Soave Fanciulla", "Un Bel Di Vedremo"
Medalia de onoare2009performer: "Casta Diva" from the opera "Norma"
Io sono l'amore2009performer: "La Mamma Morta, opera Andrea Chénier"
The Young Victoria2009performer: "Vieni, fra queste braccia"
Banda sonora2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Milk2008/Iperformer: "Ah, quegli occhi! Quale occhio al mondo", "Mia gelosa!"
A Corte do Norte2008performer: "La Traviata" excerpt
The Beautiful Person2008TV Movie performer: "Il Dolce Suono"
Bottle Shock2008performer: "Un bel di vedremo"
Closure2007/Iperformer: "Casta Diva from 'Norma'"
Wallander2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
Saltön2005TV Series performer: "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
20462004performer: "Oh! s'io potessi dissipar le nubi... Col sorriso l'innocenza"
Moi César, 10 ans 1/2, 1m392003performer: "Casta Diva"
Callas Forever2002performer: "Un bel dì vedremo", "O mio babbino caro", "Carmen", "Libiamo Brindisi", "Vissi d'arte"
Ampiaispaini2001Short performer: "Aida"
Sunday1997performer: "Spargi d'amore"
The Bridges of Madison County1995performer: "Casta Diva", "Mon coeur s'ouvre
Celestial Clockwork1995performer: "Casta diva" from opera "Norma"
Philadelphia1993performer: "La mamma morta", "O nume tutelar", "Ebben? ne andrò lontana", "Ecco: respiro appena"
Atlantis1991/IDocumentary performer: "Extrait de 'La sonnambula'"
Mink mink mink1990TV Movie documentary performer: "Manon Lescaut" excerpt
Opera1987performer: "Lady Macbeth "Vieni t'afretti", "Casta Diva", "Amami Alfredo", "Sempre libera"
Luna1979"Tutte le feste al tempio' from 'Rigoletto'"
Maria Callas Porträt1968Short performer: "Un ballo di maschera" extracts, "I puritani" extracts
Mona Lisa1968Short performer: "Medea" extracts, "Un ballo di maschera" extracts, "La forza del destino" extracts, "Lucia di Lammermoor" extracts
Maria Callas at Covent Garden1964TV Special documentary "Tosca Atto II" / performer: "Don Carlo Atto IV: Tu che le vanit
Maria Callas in Concert - Hamburg, 16 March 19621962TV Special performer: "Le Cid, Acte III: De cet affreux combat... Pleurez, mes yeux", "Carmen, Acte I: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle Havanera", "Carmen, Acte I: Près des remparts de Séville Séguidille", "Ernani, Atto I: Surta è la notte... Ernani!... Ernani, involami Cavatina di Elvira", "La Cenerentola, Atto II: "Nacqui' all'affanno... Non più mesta", "Don Carlo, Atto III: O don fatale, o don crudel"
The Ed Sullivan Show1956TV Series performer - 1 episode


Callas Walking Lucia1968ShortLucia
Maria Callas Porträt1968Short
Mona Lisa1968Short

Music Department

Dzvirpaso M1999TV Movie singing voice: opera "Norma"


Eika Katappa1969singer: voice - uncredited


Poussières d'amour - Abfallprodukte der Liebe1996Documentary dedicatee


Pappano's Classical Voices2015TV Series documentarySinger
Jetset in den Sixties - Das süße Leben der Schönen und Reichen2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Gala de l'union1971TV SeriesHerself - Host
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Paris aktuell1970TV Series documentaryHerself
Gala de l'Unicef1967TV SeriesHerself
Our World1967TV Movie documentaryHerself
Sunday Night1966TV Series documentaryHerself
Maria Callas at Covent Garden1964TV Special documentarySoprano Tosca
Maria Callas in Concert - Hamburg, 16 March 19621962TV SpecialSopran
President Kennedy's Birthday Salute1962TV MovieHerself
Small World1959TV SeriesHerself
Maria Callas: Débuts1958TV MovieHerself
Chelsea at Nine1958TV SeriesHerself
Person to Person1958TV Series documentaryHerself
Eurovision Presents Pictures in the Sky1957TV MovieHerself (as Maria Meneghini-Callas)
Meet Jeanne Heal1957TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1956TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Pappano's Classical Voices2015TV Series documentaryHerself
I Was Born Traveling2013
Maria, Callas2013Documentary shortHerself
Werner Schroeter2012Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Banda sonora2009TV SeriesHerself
Spisok korabley2008DocumentaryMedea
I Ellinida Maria Kallas2007TV Movie documentary
13 heures le journal2007TV SeriesHerself
20 heures le journal2007TV SeriesHerself
Callas assoluta2007DocumentaryHerself
Queens of Heartache2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Biography2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Tage und Nächte in Paris2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Maria Callas: Living and Dying for Art and Love2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Visconti2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Legenden2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Reputations1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Great Performances1998TV SeriesHerself
Great Moments in Opera1997TV MovieHerself
Maria Callas: La Divina - A Portrait1988TV Movie documentaryHerself
Maria Callas: Life and Art1987TV MovieHerself
Verdi1982TV Mini-SeriesVioletta in 'La Traviata'
Notre Dame de la Croisette1981DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Comoedia1981Herself
Callas: A Documentary1978TV Movie documentaryHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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