Maria Callas was born in New York on December 2, 1923. She was introduced to music at an early age by her mother, herself a passionate opera fan. She began her musical studies at the Athens Conservatory, and at just 15 made her first stage appearance.
Maria Callas made her professional debut at the Athens Opera in 1941. It was at her debut at La Scala in Milan in 1951 that she revealed herself to the world. She left a lasting impression with her exceptional voice and outstanding stage presence. She worked with the greatest conductors of the time, including Tullio Serafin and Leonard Bernstein.
Maria Callas remains one of the greatest divas in the history of opera, renowned for her immense talent, unique voice and extremely varied repertoire.
In 1965, after an exceptional career that marked the history of opera, Maria Callas chose to step back from the stage. Yet her retirement did not mean farewell to music. Despite her retirement, the Diva continues to influence the world of music through studio recordings and masterclasses she gives to new generations of singers. Each of her appearances becomes an event in itself, underlining her influence and her status as an immortal icon of the operatic world.
In this post-scene phase of his career, our edition of Lucia di Lammermoor is particularly noteworthy. Captured in concert on September 29, 1955 at Berlin's Städtische Oper, this performance remains, without doubt, one of the most important operatic testimonies of the 20th century. Despite the years that have passed since this recording was made, the meticulous restoration work has restored the legendary orchestra and voices to their original brilliance.
Sadly, Maria Callas passed away on September 16, 1977 in Paris. Her death marked the end of an era, but her legacy lives on through her recordings and her invaluable contribution to opera. Even today, Maria Callas' voice continues to touch and inspire opera lovers the world over.