Q & A: Daisy Goodwin on How Maria Callas Inspired Her New Book ‘Diva’

(Credit: Francesco Guidicini) Maria Callas left an indelible mark on the opera world and continues to inspire artists around the world. Last year the opera world honored “La Divina’s‘ centennial with numerous celebrations, concerts, books, and documentaries, among many other events. Among those celebrations was award-winning author Daisy Goodwin’s “Diva,” which explores the intimate story of Callas through the heartbreak {…}

Lawrence Brownlee, Gautier Capucon & Anastasia Rizikov Celebrate Maria Callas

In honor of Maria Callas’ centennial, new Spotify Singles were released. The pair of singles honor Callas‘ renowned career and legacy in partnership with her official label Warner Classics, and features GRAMMY-nominated opera singer Lawrence Brownlee, star cellist Gautier Capuçon, and pianist Anastasia Rizikov. They perform two pieces from her legendary catalog “O mio babbino caro” and “Libiamo, ne’ lieti {…}

Q & A: Author & Music Critic Sophia Lambton on the 12-Year Journey of Writing ‘The Callas Imprint’

Since the age of 17, Sophia Lambton has engaged in a full-fledged career as a writer. The writer of the novel, “The Crooked Little Pieces,” she has been published as a music critic with her work appearing in such publications as Musical Opinion, The Guardian, Bachtrack, musicOMH, BroadwayWorld, BBC Music Magazine, and OperaWire. While embarking on numerous projects during that time, {…}

Hellenic American Women’s Council to Feature Interview With Author of Greek Fire: ‘The Story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis’

The Hellenic American Women’s Council will feature an exclusive online presentation by author Nicholas Gage on the subject of his “Greek Fire: The Story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis.” The Zoom discussion, scheduled for Dec. 10, 2024 will center on the stormy affair between the famed diva and the tycoon. The book was published in 2000 and per an {…}

Callas Casual: An Off-Duty-ish Day in the Company of La Divina

(Callas enshrouded in reporters. Credit: Maurice Zalewski/ADOC photos)   Vignettes of onstage outtakes are aplenty. Daily shots of the soprano, less so. Here’s a peek into Maria’s typical excursions—culinary and sartorial; social and cultural—on a work(not really)less day. Coruscating like the crystalline intrusion of a cocktail dress’ brooch asparkle in a parking lot; a spotlight pooling blindness onto “Poliuto”‘s Paolina; {…}

Starring ‘The Inalienable Property of Genius’: Maria Callas’ Celestial Onstage Quests

(Callas greeting fans. Credit: © Archiv Lebeck.) Editor’s Note: In anticipation of the release of  “The Callas Imprint: A Centennial Biography” on  Dec. 2, 2023, OperaWire is sharing a preview. “Greatness” is a noun too frequently assigned to humans.  Victims of this label view the happening of “genius” as a capricious, “limited time only” gift. Here we follow Callas on {…}