One of the most celebrated opera singers of the 20th century, Maria Callas was a very famous Greek-American soprano. Callas made her debut in the year 1941 in the operetta, ‘Boccaccio’. She got her big break after performing ‘Isolde’ for Tullio Serafin in Italy. She later continued performing in Italy under Tullio and got a chance to sing her first opera in the year 1948. ‘I Vespri Siciliani’ was another major performance for which she received a lot of appreciation and her fame grew thereafter. She also released her first commercial recording which was titled as ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ and got a chance to perform in New York in the year 1956. Her last performance was staged at the Rome Opera house in the year 1965. She is considered one of the best-selling classical vocalists till date. She also gained a lot of praise for her wide-ranging voice, dramatic interpretations and bel canto technique. Here is a collection of thoughts, views and words of wisdom by the popular diva in the classic sense of the word which are still quoted extensively by people. Go through the quotes and thoughts by Maria Callas on varied subjects that also include her humongous talent and art.
An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house.
I was always too mature for my age - and not very happy. I had no young friends. I wish I could go back to those days. If I could only live it all again, how I would play and enjoy other girls. What a fool I was.
I belong to the givers. I want to give a little happiness even if I haven’t had much for myself. Music has enriched my life and, hopefully - through me, a little - the public’s. If anyone left an opera house feeling more happy and at peace, I achieved my purpose.
What is there in life if you do not work? There is only sensation, and there are only a few sensations— you cannot live on them. You can only live on work, by work, through work. How can you live with self-respect if you do not do things as well as lies in you?
It takes a little more time to get into the role, but not very much more. In making a record you don't have the sense of projection over a distance as in an opera house. We have this
microphone and this magnifies all details of a performance, all exaggerations. In the theater, you can get away with a very large, very grand phrase. For the microphone, you have to tone it
down. It's the same as making a film, your gestures will be seen in close-up, so they cannot be exaggerated as they would be in a theater.