Opera great Maria Callas is honoured with a new museum in Greece

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The Maria Callas Museum was inaugurated in the heart of Athens on Wednesday, commemorating the birth of the iconic soprano to Greek parents in New York a century ago. The museum, located near the city's cathedral and offering a stunning view of the Acropolis, will open to the public on Thursday, with various sections connected by a red carpet.

The upper floors of the museum feature a recreated room from Callas' Paris apartment, an imaginative forest, and a sound studio. Visitors can immerse themselves in recordings of her famous live performances and listen to clips of her lessons at The Julliard School. Other exhibits include her costumes, handwritten letters, and a sketch of a Manolo Blahnik design inspired by Callas.

Maria Callas, born Maria Kalogeropoulos, began her career as an 18-year-old student with her professional debut in Athens. Renowned for her exceptional talent, the acclaimed soprano passed away in Paris at the age of 53 after a career that some argue remains unparalleled in the world of opera.

To celebrate what would have been Callas' 100th birthday on December 2, Greece has organized a year-long series of artistic events, including the upcoming film "Maria," starring Angelina Jolie.

 

During the museum's inauguration, Ex Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis expressed gratitude to the staff and private donors who have been involved in the project since its inception 24 years ago. The collection was assembled through auction purchases, donations from private collectors, and negotiations for display rights with recording companies.

Opera great Maria Callas is honored with a new museum in Greece
Opera great Maria Callas is honoured with a new museum in Greece 1

"This museum, the first dedicated solely to Maria Callas, combines technology with the power of lived experience," stated Mayor Bakoyannis. "We welcome this museum with great delight and deep respect for the great diva."

The Maria Callas Museum is located at Mitropoleos Street 44, near Syntagma Square in downtown Athens.

Museum website in Greek, English and French here.

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