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Maria Callas

  • When music fails to agree to the ear, to soothe the ear and the heart and the senses, then it has missed its point.

    • Maria Callas,
    • in The Listener ()
  • First I lost weight, then I lost my voice, and now I've lost Onassis.

    • Maria Callas,
    • in Barbara McDowell and Hana Umlauf, Woman's Almanac ()
  • The public is a monster and that is why I am not eager to return to the stage.

    • Maria Callas,
    • 1960, in Pierre-Jean Rémy, Maria Callas ()
  • To sing is an expression of your being, a being which is becoming.

    • Maria Callas,
    • in Arianna Stassinopoulos, Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend ()
  • Only when I was singing did I feel loved.

    • Maria Callas,
    • in Arianna Stassinopoulos, Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend ()
  • Fame is a boomerang.

    • Maria Callas,
    • in Arianna Stassinopoulos, Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend ()
  • [During fee negotiations for singing in Vienna:] I'm not interested in money, but it must be more than anyone else gets.

    • Maria Callas,
    • in Arianna Stassinopoulos, Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend ()
  • Only my dogs will not betray me.

    • Maria Callas,
    • in Arianna Stassinopoulos, Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend ()
  • When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I'm slipping.

    • Maria Callas,
    • in Arianna Stassinopoulos, Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend ()
  • 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. The audience sees only an excerpt.

    • Maria Callas,
    • in Arianna Stassinopoulos, Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend ()

Maria Callas, Greek opera singer

(1923 - 1977)

Real name: Maria Anna Sophia Cecilia Kalogeropoulos.