Though overshadowed by her older sister Jackie, who was seen as beautiful and charismatic, Callas proved adept at singing music with dramatic flair, with her mother pushing her on to pursue a vocal career. In , when Callas was a teen, her parents separated and she, her mother and her sister moved back to Greece.
In Athens, Callas studied voice under Elvira de Hidalgo at a famed conservatory. As a student, Callas made her stage debut in in a school production of Cavalleria Rusticana. For her dazzling performance in the role of Santuzza, she was honored by the conservatory.
Later in the year, she took on her first major role in Tosca. In the mids, she moved back to New York to spend time with her father and look for work, but experienced a number of rejections. Over the next few years, under the management of her husband, Callas continued to perform in Florence and Verona to critical acclaim.
Though her voice captivated audiences, as her fame increased, Callas developed a reputation as a temperamental, demanding diva and was nicknamed "The Tigress. It is a hazard of the battlefield.
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Opera is a battlefield, and it must be accepted. The performance was a triumph and was seen as a signature role. In , she at last had the opportunity to sing with the Metropolitan Opera in her home city of New York, but in was fired by director Rudolf Bing. Callas's marriage had also begun to unravel. Callas and Meneghini split at the end of the decade, during which time she was having an affair with shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.
I'll readily admit I'm not a follower of opera but when Callas sang and acted onstage it was truly incredible with her range and charisma. There's also, once she reached superstar status, the constant invasion of her privacy by the paparazzi of course, decades before social media , only heightened when she began a long relationship with the billionaire Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Even more so when he left her to marry Jackie Kennedy, only to return to Callas before his death.
Overall, although the doc is perhaps overly long at just under 2 hours, I just found Callas' persona and life story to be quite fascinating. Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video. Start your free trial.
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