Sunday, January 2, 2011

Maria Callas Biography: The Turning Point

1949 - 19th January
Having just sung her first Brünnhilde in Die Walküre eleven days earlier, Callas, at the insistence of Serafin, replaces the indisposed Margherita Carosio in the coloratura role of Elvira in I puritani at La Fenice. The operatic world is stunned by her performance. This is the turning point in Callas’s career and the start of her involvement in the rehabilitation of the Italian bel canto repertoire.
Maria Callas as Elvira in
I puritani
(Florence, 1952)
1949 - 21st April
Marries Meneghini in Verona and sails that night for Argentina to sing at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Helped by Meneghini as both husband and manager, Callas develops her career in Italy and abroad during the next two years.

1951 - 7th December
Callas opens the season at La Scala, Milan, in I vespri siciliani to great acclaim; during the next seven years La Scala will be the scene of her greatest triumphs in a wide range of roles.

1952 - 29th July
Callas signs a recording contract with EMI.

Next: Maria Callas Biography - Triumphant Years of Success