Music: Love & Money

Maria Meneghini Callas, a famous diva. . .Soprano Giovanni Meneghini, her aging husband. . .Bass Elsa Maxwell, her trusted confidante Baritone Evangelia Callas, her estranged mother. . .Contralto Aristotle Onassis, a wealthy shipowner. . .Tenor Athina Onassis, his beautiful young wife. . .Mezzo

The theme would have appealed to any opera composer from Donizetti to Kurt Weill: money and love. But particularly the former, since as Somerset Maugham put it, "In the end. all passions turn to money.''

She was the daughter of an immigrant Greek druggist in New York, a fat ugly...

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