Google Doodle Honors 90th Birthday of Maria Callas

Audio: Callas on The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek in 1977

Monday, December 02, 2013 - 10:08 AM

Google Doodle for Maria Callas

Google is honoring what would have been the 90th birthday of Maria Callas (1923-1977) with a celebratory Doodle. The search engine's illustration shows the New York-born Greek soprano on a stage while draped in a flowing dress and jewels.

WQXR's late George Jellinek once described Callas as an “ambitious, indomitable woman” who had both “fanatical admirers and equally ardent detractors." In her short but meteoric career, she was most notable for bringing a commitment and intensity to her dramatic portrayals that was nearly unprecedented at the time. By the late 1950s, her voice developed a wobble which grew worse in the following years. But her impact on popular culture was already established and she has since been the inspiration for numerous tribute albums, films and a successful Broadway musical.

On Tuesday, Fred Plotkin will offer an appreciation of Callas from Paris, the city where she died in 1977. In the meantime, above is an archival 1977 episode of The Vocal Scene featuring an interview with Callas.

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Howard Smith from California

I have always listened and enjoyed your offerings. I am disappointed that you recently started a sound bite that is not a welcome item for me and my friends. It goes "If you would rather listen to Maria Callas instead of Maria Carey, you are an Operavore". We happen to like both and all genres of music. Do you best to remove this item from you promotional materials.
Thank you
Howard

Jan. 10 2014 03:14 PM
H LAUFER from liberty, ny

EXCETTENT PROGRAM. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Dec. 02 2013 11:13 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Even when she was bad she was wonderful. The plaza near the tunnel where Princess Di died was supposed to be named for Maria Callas but instead was named for Princess Di. I think I have the story right. I will not be offended if a correction is sent. Princess Di had the dignity of tragedy but La Divina's life also had elements of tragedy.

Dec. 02 2013 11:09 AM

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