Soprano indelibly linked with La Scala.
The first internet website entirely dedicated to the soprano Maria Callas, arguably known as the most gifted soprano ever to sing on stage and intimately connected to Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, has been created by Warner Classical.
Greek-American Maria Callas made her debut at La Scala in 1950, as Aida. She soon became the theatre’s prima donna assoluta, honoured with opening its season six times in the course of a decade. Special triumphs were reserved for her collaborations with the stage director Luchino Visconti – most famously Bellini’s La sonnambula, Verdi’s La traviata and, in 1957, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, perhaps the high point of her sometimes troubled relationship with La Scala.
Presented this week at the opera house by the classical music division of Warner, the multinational entertainment conglomerate, the website has the approval of the Maria Callas Estate, and explores the life and work of “La Divina”, as she was known. Presented in four sections: Like, Look, Voice and Today, the site does not shrink from recording details of her eventful and occasionally scandalous private life.
Forty years after her death in retirement in Paris, the site has been conceived to diffuse and promote Callas’s cultural and artistic legacy.
The presentation of the website is accompanied by an exhibition, “Maria Callas on stage – the La Scala years”.