Milan’s La Scala is marking the 30th anniversary of Maria Callas’ death with an exhibition which includes costumes and photographs never shown to the public before. Stephane Lissner is artistic director at the world-famous opera house: “Callas is a myth and our theatre has an extraordinary book of memories of her,” he said. “This is why La Scala chose to pay tribute to her on the 30th anniversary of her death.”
The most celebrated opera singer of the post-war period, Callas remains both a favourite for opera-lovers and a legend outside the world of classical music. She retired young following the premature decline of her voice and died a recluse in her Paris flat at the age of 53, prompting fashion designer Yves St Laurent to say: “The gods were bored, they beckoned back their voice.”
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