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Maria Callas ( 1923 - 1977 )
Maria Callas, Greek - American operatic soprano.
October 15, 2000
Marias original name was Kalogeropoulou which she changed after her arrival in the United States.
Maria was considered one of the very finest sopranos to perform Italian Opera.
Her stage presence and ability to draw the audiences into the works she performed established her as one of the elite.
Maria was acclaimed mostly for her performances of the great Italian composers of Opera such as Bellini, Donizetti and Puccini.
She may be considered one of the first to not only sing and perform these works with power and beauty, but as well to entertain audiences around the world with her showmanship.