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Family life, childhood and move to Greece The apartment house in Athens where Callas lived from to Callas's father had shortened the surname Kalogeropoulos first to "Kalos" and subsequently to "Callas" in order to make it more manageable. Vassilis's death from meningitis in the summer of dealt another blow to the marriage.
Inafter realizing that Evangelia was pregnant again, George made the unilateral decision to move his family to America, a decision which Yakinthi recalled was greeted with Evangelia "shouting hysterically" followed by George "slamming doors".
Evangelia was convinced that her third child would be a boy; her disappointment at the birth of another daughter was so great that she refused to even look at her new baby for four days. Callas would later recall, "I was made to sing when I was only five, and I hated it. In public, Callas blamed the strained relationship with Evangelia on her unhappy childhood spent singing and working at her mother's insistence, saying, My sister was slim and beautiful and friendly, and my mother always preferred her.
I was the ugly duckling, fat and clumsy and unpopular. It is a cruel thing to make a child feel ugly and unwanted I'll never forgive her for taking my childhood away. During all the years I should have been playing and growing up, I was singing or making money.
Everything I did for them was mostly good and everything they did to me was mostly bad. I have not had it — I wish I had. Simionato was convinced that Callas "managed to remain untouched", but Callas never forgave Evangelia for what she perceived as a kind of prostitution forced on her by her mother.
Initially, her mother tried to enroll her at the prestigious Athens Conservatoirewithout success. At the audition, her voice, still untrained, failed to impress, while the conservatoire's director Filoktitis Oikonomidis refused to accept her without her satisfying the theoretic prerequisites solfege.
In the summer ofher mother visited Maria Trivella at the younger Greek National Conservatoireasking her to take Mary as a student for a modest fee. InTrivella recalled her impression of "Mary, a very plump young girl, wearing big glasses for her myopia": The tone of the voice was warm, lyrical, intense; it swirled and flared like a flame and filled the air with melodious reverberations like a carillon.
It was by any standards an amazing phenomenon, or rather it was a great talent that needed control, technical training and strict discipline in order to shine with all its brilliance.
Trivella agreed to tutor Callas completely, waiving her tuition fees, but no sooner had Callas started her formal lessons and vocal exercises than Trivella began to feel that Mary was not a contraltoas she had been told, but a dramatic soprano.
Subsequently, they began working on raising the tessitura of Mary's voice and to lighten its timbre. Fanatical, uncompromising, dedicated to her studies heart and soul. Her progress was phenomenal.
She studied five or six hours a day. Within six months, she was singing the most difficult arias in the international opera repertoire with the utmost musicality".
And that's where I learned my chest tones. Callas auditioned with "Ocean, Thou Mighty Monster. On April 2,Callas undertook the part of Santuzza in a student production of Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana at the Olympia Theatre, and in the fall of the same year she enrolled at the Athens Conservatoire in Elvira de Hidalgo's class.
As a young girl—thirteen years old—I was immediately thrown into her arms, meaning that I learned the secrets, the ways of this bel canto, which of course as you well know, is not just beautiful singing. It is a very hard training; it is a sort of a straight-jacket that you're supposed to put on, whether you like it or not.
You have to learn to read, to write, to form your sentences, how far you can go, fall, hurt yourself, put yourself back on your feet continuously. De Hidalgo had one method, which was the real bel canto way, where no matter how heavy a voice, it should always be kept light, it should always be worked on in a flexible way, never to weigh it down.
It is a method of keeping the voice light and flexible and pushing the instrument into a certain zone where it might not be too large in sound, but penetrating.
And teaching the scales, trills, all the bel canto embellishments, which is a whole vast language of its own. She would listen to all my students, sopranos, mezzos, tenors She could do it all. When asked by her teacher why she did this, her answer was that even "with the least talented pupil, he can teach you something that you, the most talented, might not be able to do.
After several appearances as a student, Callas began appearing in secondary roles at the Greek National Opera.
De Hidalgo was instrumental in securing roles for her, allowing Callas to earn a small salary, which would help her and her family get through the difficult war years.
Callas's performance as Marta received glowing reviews. Critic Spanoudi declared Callas "an extremely dynamic artist possessing the rarest dramatic and musical gifts", and Vangelis Mangliveras evaluated Callas's performance for the weekly To Radiophonon: The singer who took the part of Marta, that new star in the Greek firmament, with a matchless depth of feeling, gave a theatrical interpretation well up to the standard of a tragic actress.Nyro was enigmatic and elusive, a fiery diva, a soulful singer with a massive voice that flirts with Judy Garland and Maria Callas without irony, sweeping from whisper to shout in a grandiose operatic gesture, building a single riff (like the coda of “Save the Country”) into .
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