Maria Callas: Τhe myth lives on
To honour the 40th-year anniversary of her death, the B & M Theocharakis Foundation presents a unique exhibition dedicated to Maria Callas, the most famous Greek of our times. More than 200 personal belongings of Callas will be on display, including theatre costumes, dresses, pieces of furniture, jewellery, handwritten letters and notes from friends, relatives, and artists.
THE VERY FIRST AUTOGRAPH
“To my beloved teacher…”
“To my beloved teacher, to who I owe everything”. This autograph, signed by Callas, has been published in numerous biographies and articles. It is the first extant document by Callas’ own hand; it is a clear demonstration of a young Marianna Kalogeropoulou’s determination and self-confidence in the eventual success of her artistic aspirations. It is highly unusual for a young student to sign autographs.
EARRINGS AND MATCHING NECKLACE
During her stay in Mexico, Callas received a visit by Pier Paolo Pasolini (for a few days) and Aristotle Onassis (for a few hours) on her name day (August 15th). On that day, Onassis landed by helicopter in Tragonisi to wish Callas a happy name day and give her his gift, a pair of antique earrings. A photographer captured the exchange and the image of Onassis kissing Callas on the lips, soon after his wedding to Jackie Kennedy, was published worldwide.
OIL PAINTING - A VANDINI PORTRAIT OF CALLAS
The beginning of a grand romance
Things were not going well for Callas; she quarreled with Antonio Ghiringhelli, superintendent of Teatro alla Scala, and vowed never to perform in Milan again, as long as he he managed the opera house. She was then fired by Rudolf Bing, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, when negotiations on the upcoming season’s schedule failed. Just one month later, though, Callas made a sensational debut at a celebratory concert in the Paris Opera. The audience consisted of many celebrities, including Onassis, who had began expressing his interest in Callas.
B&M Theocharakis Foundation
The B & M Theocharakis Foundation is primarily concerned with music and the fine arts in Greece and internationally, with a focus on the emergence of the Modern and its continued development over the 20th and into the 21st century.