The bronze statue of legendary opera singer Maria Callas was discovered on Friday evening in Roberto Galli Park in central Athens.
The statue was unveiled by the mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis, in the presence of the Maria Callas Greek Society, which commissioned the work of art from sculptor Aphrodite Liti.
Aphrodite said: “It includes many references to the life of the great singer, but also to the history of art itself.”
Aphrodite Liti was born in Athens. She studied sculpture, mosaic and icon painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASKT, 1972-1978), with professors G. Pappas, G. Kolefa and K. Xinopoulos. She attended the Universita Degli Studi Studi in Milan in 1978. She completed her postgraduate studies at the University of London (1983-1986) with a scholarship from the National Scholarships Foundation (IKY). In 1985, she received the sculpture prize from the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece. From 1978 to 2000, she worked as a museum sculptor at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Since 2000 she has been professor of sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Athens. Since 1981, she has exhibited her works in individual and group exhibitions, in Greece and abroad. His works are part of private and public collections
Greek American opera phenomenon Maria Callas was born in New York City in December 1923. Her parents, George and Evangelia, were Greek immigrants who eventually shortened their last name to Callas at the time of Maria’s baptism.
Born and raised in New York City until the age of 14, Maria Anna Sofia Cecilia Kalogeropoulou returned with her mother and siblings to Athens in 1937, where she spent the war years studying music and studying music. perform professionally to support their family.
Callas started taking classical piano lessons at the age of 7. Although overshadowed by her older sister Jackie, who was considered beautiful and charismatic, Callas had an incredible talent for singing music with dramatic flair, with her mother pushing her to pursue a vocal career. In 1937, when Callas was a teenager, her parents separated and it was then that she, her mother and her sister returned to Greece.
Although she created a sensation in Europe at the end of the war, Callas did not experience immediate success after returning to America in the late 1940s. Significantly overweight since childhood, Callas underwent a transformation. spectacular physique in his early thirties which fundamentally altered the trajectory of his career. She lost over 70 pounds (35 kilograms) in three years in the mid-1950s, becoming, according to the terms of Time magazine, “Svelte, successful … a diva more widely hated by her colleagues and more widely acclaimed by her audiences than any other living singer.”
During World War II, Callas struggled to find roles. In the mid-1940s, she returned to New York City to spend time with her father and look for work, but experienced a number of refusals. She eventually moved to Verona, where she met the wealthy industrialist Giovanni Meneghini. The couple married in 1949.
Callas’ Italian opera debut took place at the Verona Arena in August 1947, in a performance of Mona Lisa. Over the following years, under the direction of her husband, Callas continued to perform in Florence and critically acclaimed Verona.
Her reputation as a “Diva” who Time referred was earned through years of behind-the-scenes battles with costars and Callas’ habit of grabbing solo callbacks at every opportunity. A public feud with a rival soprano at La Scala in Milan turned part of the Italian public against her.
Bitterly resistant, Callas said of the taunts from members of the audience: “The whistling from the gallery is part of the scene. It is a hazard of the battlefield. Opera is a battleground, and we have to accept it.
Callas finally conquered America in the late 1950s, becoming not only opera’s largest live-action print, but also its most successful recording artist since Enrico Caruso.
In 1956 had the opportunity to sing with the Metropolitan Opera in his hometown of New York, but in 1958 was dismissed by director Rudolf Bing. Callas’ marriage had also started to fall apart. Callas and Meneghini separated at the end of the decade, during which she reportedly had an affair with shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, who later married former U.S. first lady Jackie Kennedy, chatting much grief to Callas.
On September 16, 1977, Callas died in Paris of a heart attack.