Maria Callas Autograph

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Sale priceSFr.1.500,00


Autograph letter signed, one page, 7,5 x 10,25 inch, `The Waldorf-Astoria` stationery, New York, 25.01.1958, in Italian, to Mrs. Giovanna Gorni in Foggia - Callas thanks for a "thought exceedingly exquisite that I have accepted with a grateful heart as a believing and fervent devotee" (translated), written and signed in blue ink "Maria Meneghini - Callas"*, attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a photograph, shows Maria Callas in a beautiful close-up portrait (altogether 16,5 x 11,75 inch), with intersecting letter folds, and mild creases - in fine condition.

   Grazie tante, tante del tuo pensiero oltremodo squisito che ho accolto con grato animo di credente devota e fervida"

* Maria Callas and Giovanni Battista Meneghini married in 1949 - he assumed control of her career until 1959, when the marriage dissolved.

Further Information on the person

(1923-1977) American-born Greek soprano who was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations.

Year of Birth: 1923

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Maria Callas was born on December 2, 1923, in New York City. She was an American-born Greek soprano who was one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century. Callas is often referred to as "La Divina" and was known for her passionate and expressive interpretations of opera roles.

Callas began her opera career in Italy in the early 1940s and quickly rose to fame for her powerful voice and dramatic performances. She made her debut at the prestigious Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1950, where she quickly established herself as one of the leading sopranos of her generation.

Throughout her career, Callas performed in a wide range of roles, from tragic heroines to comedic characters. She was particularly acclaimed for her performances in the operas of Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, as well as for her interpretations of the bel canto repertoire.

Callas's personal life was often as dramatic as her performances on stage. She was involved in a tumultuous love affair with the shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, who later left her for Jacqueline Kennedy. Despite the heartbreak, Callas continued to perform and captivate audiences with her stunning voice.

In the late 1960s, Callas's career began to decline, and she made her final stage performance in 1965. She spent the last years of her life in isolation, struggling with health issues and financial difficulties. Callas passed away on September 16, 1977, at the age of 53, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest opera singers of all time.

Callas's recordings continue to be treasured by opera fans around the world, and her impact on the opera world remains profound. She is remembered for her unique vocal technique, powerful stage presence, and emotional depth, all of which contributed to her status as a true operatic legend.

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