Maria Callas

Maria Callas remains an icon with an instantly recognizable voice. But she was also the first opera singer to be equipped with the ingredients of international celebrity: charisma, glamour, wealth, she had it all, together with the touches of scandal and tragedy that made her story so compelling. Since her time, every female opera singer has been measured against this powerful role model.

Callas had a direct influence on the first steps of my career. At 19, I was called to perform at a gala in Paris devoted to her memory. There, the conductor Daniel Barenboim...

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