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Maria By Callas – Review

Maria Callas. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

In many ways, American-born soprano Maria Callas’ life was operatic, with plenty of triumph and tragedy. Early in Maria By Callas, we see Maria Callas being interviewed by television host David Frost, as she describes her life being divided into two parts, a professional self she calls Callas and a personal self she calls Maria. Maria Callas was a fabulously famous opera star and icon of the mid-20th century who embodied the word diva, and also an intriguing international celebrity avidly covered by tabloid media. Maria By Callas allows the singer herself to set the record straight on personal and professional gossip.

Maria Callas was the most acclaimed soprano of her time but she was nothing like the stereotype of an opera singer – you know, the heavy woman in elaborate costume standing stiffly while singing. Tall, slim, with large eyes and strong regal features,

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