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Maria Callas, Greek opera diva. A woman from four homelands, Greece by origin, the United States by birth, Italy where she spent the most successful years of her career and France, where she spent the last years of her life. With a gorgeous voice and explosive temperament, she is certainly one of the women who marked the 20th century.
Maria Sofia Ana Cecilia Calogeropoulou, was the full name of the diva who changed the opera. She was born in New York, on December 2, 1923, as the third child in the family. Like most Greeks of the time, her parents, George and the Gospel, came to America in search of a better life.
Although she was born in New York, the opera diva Maria Callas was returned by fate to Greece as a child, the country of her orders, where she found not only the right path to world fame, but also a fatal love that cost her a lot.
The most famous opera diva of all time, Maria Callas, seems to have lived, among other things, to prove the accuracy of the folk saying that all true loves are sad. A woman of both divine and demonic voice, impeccable beauty and striking insecurity, loved only the wrong man once. The temperamental Greek woman who shone on opera stages around the world in the middle of the last century, evoking the characters of Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Norma, Carmen, was actually just a frightened girl eager for sincere hugs and love.
The first meeting with Onassis happened in 1959. Although she was married, she fell desperately in love with a Greek millionaire. Despite his rudeness and arrogance, Callas left Batista while Onassis, on the other hand, had no plans to leave his wife and family. He saw Maria Callas as something transient, as someone who would call whenever he had free time.
The relationship with Onassis also influenced her career. She was enchanted by a glamorous life full of everything, luxury and fun. Both the directors and the audience noticed that her technique had weakened, that she was not as disciplined as before, and they started turning their backs on her. She blindly believed that Onassis would be by her side during difficult times, that she would not dare to leave her. She was wrong. She saw the chance to marry a man when she was the only one she loved in her life in an unplanned pregnancy. However, Onassis made it clear that he had enough children and did not want more. Disappointed but still blindly in love, she did not break off the relationship with him. She gave birth to a male child who lived only a few hours. The loss of the child left consequences on the psyche of the opera diva.
Passionately in love with Onassis, she renounces American citizenship and takes Greek, all in the hope that she will persuade Aris (as she called him) to put a ring on her hand. She thinned out her performances and spent time waiting for him. While she was dreaming of marrying him, he had already set himself another goal. The widow of the American president, Jackie Kennedy. Although he married the most desirable widow, Onassis occasionally visited Maria. When she realized that he had not stopped loving her, she eagerly awaited his every visit. She remained faithful to him until the last day. In Paris, on March 15, 1975, Onassis died in hospital. On his deathbed next to him is Maria Callas, to whom he addressed the last words, "I loved you as I could. It may not have been the best, but "I loved you."
Onassis' death totally beat the diva. She locked herself in an apartment in Paris mourning her lost love. She died alone, on September 16, 1977. She left behind millions of fans and one sad love story.