This morning, I woke up to a new Google Doodle, this time honoring the legendary Maria Callas.
I’ve written about Callas before, in the Doodle-Worthy Women collection for December of 2012. Callas was one of the top opera singers of her time, with an impressive vocal range, and brought to the stage a talent for drama and performance in addition to the raw asset of her voice. She took the lead roles in revivals of classic operas that hadn’t been performed for decades, because they demanded vocal techniques that weren’t in common practice by the 20th century. Callas’ voice was versatile, allowing her to perform a range of operas and operatic styles. But was also known and written about for personal scandals and a tragic life, including the decline of her voice and her death at just 53 years old.
Since I’ve already posted a short piece about Callas’s career, I’ll use a little space here today to highlight some of the awards and honors that make up her legacy. Even today, her recordings top the classical charts. She has been recognized as the greatest soprano who ever lived by the BBC, was awarded a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and is an inductee to the Gramophone Magazine Hall of Fame. Her face has been on a Greek commemorative Euro coin, and she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beyond that, however, her name is essentially synonymous with achievement in, and furthering of, opera as a living, breathing form of art.