Google is showing a Doodle today (Monday, 2nd November, 2013) for honoring Opera singer Maria Callas on her 90th birthday.
Maria Callas was born in New York, on December 2, 1923. She received her musical education in Greece and established her career in Italy. Maria Callas made her professional debut with the Royal Opera of Athens in Boccaccio, and took her first major role in Tosca. Her Italian opera debut took place at the Verona Arena in 1947. In 1954, Callas made her American debut in Norma.
Forced to deal with the exigencies of wartime poverty and with myopia that left her nearly blind onstage, she endured struggles and scandal over the course of her career. Initially she was very fat. Her weight-loss efforts contributed to her vocal decline and the premature end of her career.
Maria Callas’s artistic achievements were such that Leonard Bernstein called her “the Bible of opera”; and her influence was so enduring that, in 2006, Opera News wrote of her: “Nearly thirty years after her death, she’s still the definition of the diva as artist—and still one of classical music’s best-selling vocalists.”
On September 16, 1977, Callas died in Paris.