17 Remarkable Maria Callas Quotes

17 Remarkable Maria Callas Quotes

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Maria Callas was one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century. She gained fame with her impressive bel canto technique and wide ranging voice. Opera News wrote “Nearly thirty years after her death, she’s still the definition of the diva as artist and still one of classical music’s best -selling vocalists.” She died in 1977 at the age of 53.

“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.”

“Don’t talk to me about rules, dear. Wherever I stay I make the goddamn rules.”

“First I lost my voice, then I lost my figure and then I lost Onassis.”

“I cannot switch my voice. My voice is not like an elevator going up and down.”

“I don’t know what happens to me on stage. Something else seems to take over.”

“I don’t need the money, dear. I work for art.”

“I want to be a mature artist with a different kind of thinking.”

“I was always too mature for my age – and not very happy. I had no young friends. I wish I could go back to those days. If I could only live it all again, how I would play and enjoy other
girls. What a fool I was.”

“I will not be sued! I have the voice of an angel!”

“I would not kill my enemies, but I will make them get down on their knees. I will, I can, I must.”

“It takes a little more time to get into the role, but not very much more. In making a record you don’t have the sense of projection over a distance as in an opera house. We have this
microphone and this magnifies all details of a performance, all exaggerations. In the theater, you can get away with a very large, very grand phrase. For the microphone, you have to tone it
down. It’s the same as making a film, your gestures will be seen in close-up, so they cannot be exaggerated as they would be in a theater.”

“It’s a terrible thing to go through life thinking that you have a rock on your side when you haven’t.”

“Love is so much better when you’re not married.”

“Some say I have a beautiful voice, some say I have not. It is a matter of opinion. All I can say, those who don’t like it shouldn’t come to hear me.”

“There must be a law against forcing children to perform at an early age. Children should have a wonderful childhood. They should not be given too much responsibility.”

“What a lovely voice, but who cares?”

“You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks. The artist is always there.”