Thoughts on <em>La Gioconda</em>: Callas Thoughts on <em>La Gioconda</em>: Callas

Maria Callas’s official debut in opera was as La Gioconda in 1947 at the arena in Verona.

on March 22, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Contents fragile Contents fragile

Perhaps the greatest souvenir of her art there is.

on December 05, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Tosca Tosca

A broadcast of the 1953 recording featuring Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, and Tito Gobbi conducted by Tullio Serafin in celebration of the Callas centennial

on December 02, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Diva down Diva down

Born on this day 100 years ago

on December 02, 2023 at 6:00 AM
Inside of you there are two Marias Inside of you there are two Marias

“The first two images of Angelina Jolie as famed diva Maria Callas in Pablo Larraín’s upcoming biopic Maria have been revealed”

on October 09, 2023 at 1:15 PM

According to the Guardian Unlimited, the “cash-strapped” government of Greece is scrambling to raise sufficient funds to purchase over $1 million worth of Maria Callas memorabilia at a Sotheby’s auction on December 12. The “voluminous” collection to be auctioned includes “a fabulous array of intimate letters, jewels, evening dresses, furniture, paintings, photographs, unseen stage notes…

on October 24, 2007 at 10:45 AM

Culminating the month-long Maria Callas mania over at Rai 3, this Saturday the Italian radio network will broadcast a newly restored version (“il cui audio verrà restaurato per l’occasione”) of the celebrated June 29, 1955 concert of Bellini’s Norma. Co-starring with La Divina are Mario del Monaco and Ebe Stignani, under the baton of Tullio…

on October 17, 2007 at 3:01 PM

New York-based artist Nikos Floros has created an artistic tribute to La Divina herself from 20 thousand beer and soft drink cans for an art exhibition in Athens. The exhibition includes a sculptural gown inspired by Maria Callas’s costume for Iphigénie en Tauride featuring ring-pulls that become a lace-like collar. A kimono sculpture is inspired…

on October 15, 2007 at 11:46 AM

Maria and Anna, morphed.

on September 19, 2007 at 5:17 PM

Sunday, September 16 will mark the 30th anniversary of the death of that most significant of all opera singers, Maria Callas. In honor of the diva, Unnatural Acts of Opera presents one of her rare New York performances, a concert version of Il pirata as performed at Carnegie Hall on January 27, 1959. Unnatural Acts…

on September 13, 2007 at 9:06 PM

In fact, the opera is anything but obscure. But the performance has been seen only rarely since 1956.

on August 15, 2007 at 5:02 PM

La Cieca has finally found a way to harness the massive intellectual prowess of her commenters for what she hopes is a good and peaceful purpose. From time to time she is asked for recommendations on, well, this and that, and she’s realized that you, cher public represent an paralleled resource for advising, counselling and…

on May 09, 2007 at 8:12 PM

A rare chance to hear Evangelia Callas (mother of Maria) tell her side of the story. This audio clip from a 1962 television interview is in rather dim sound, but we do get a sample of Evangelia’s singing voice! Evangelia

on May 02, 2007 at 9:58 AM

Many tears will be shed in heaven today by Nellie Melba, Claudia Muzio, Lotte Lehmann, Adelina Patti and (we suppose) the young Jill Gomez, since none of them made the list of “The 20 Greatest Sopranos of All Time” featured in the April issue of BBC Music. (Don’t bother to click on that link, since…

on March 15, 2007 at 11:35 AM