Athens honored Maria Callas
On the occasion of the supplement of 36 years of Maria Kallas death (16 Seprember 1977), the National Opera honored yesterday the leading Greek soprano with a series of music events in the city center of Athens.
In the streets of Athens, the town where Maria Kallas grew, her famous arias, which where forever linked with her remarkable performances, were presented by the artists of the lyric theater in which Callas made the first steps in her career.
The solists Eleni Voudouraki, Dimitra Theodosiou, Antonia Kalogirou, Vassiliki Karagianni, Eirini Karagianni, Elena Kelesidi, Tselia Kostea, Mirsini Margariti, Maria Mitsopoulou, Julia Souglakou, the pianists and the Orchestra of the National Opera in musical direction of Artistic Director Mirona Michailidis, presented excerpts from operas Traviata, Boem, Toska, Madame Butterfly, Makbeth, Rigolettos, Trovatore and many more.
The musical walk in five acts was designed in such a way that allowed the public to attend all five concerts walking from one to another. Fans of ultimate opera diva walked the streets with fellow operas by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti, etc. and stood in more or less popular points of the town to take a fresh look at both the city and the art of opera.
See below Callas accompanies herself at the piano. This was recorded on 3rd March 1976, at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris.