July 7, 2010

who is Maria Callas?

the name is not unfamiliar to the opera industry. La Divina herself, Maria Callas, is an American-born Greek soprano. born December 2, 1923 as Sophia Cecelia Kalos to parents, George Kalogeropoulos and Evangelia "Litsa" (sometimes "Litza") Dimitriadou.

she had her musical studies in Greece and her career in Italy. there she displayed her singing prowess into the works of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini; further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. thus, earning the La Divina title.

her devotion to the opera has paid off very well throughout her career. however, her dedication to the work but a love of art made her forget about herself when she was stricken with an ailment, losing her voice. she suffered complications in her body that led to her downfall and returning to the creator on September 16, 1977.

La Divina is remembered in the industry by people through Terrence McNally's MASTER CLASS. in MASTER CLASS, we will see Maria Callas' passion for the art instructing her students. and here in the Philippines, we will witness how Ms. Cherie Gil portrays La Divina as a model with love for life.

see MASTER CLASS in the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City starting July 29 2010. directed by Michael Williams.

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