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Maria Callas was best known for her dramatic operatic performances around the world.
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During the 1960s, Callas’s formerly stellar singing voice was discernibly faltering. Her performances grew fewer and farther in between as a result of her frequent cancellations. Although she formally retired from the stage in the early 1960s, she made a brief return to performing with the Metropolitan Opera from January of 1964 through July of 1965. Her final operatic performance was in Tosca at Covent Garden on July 5, 1965.
In the early 1970s,
Callas tried her hand at teaching. In 1971 and 1972, she conducted master classes at Julliard in New York. Despite her failing health, Callas accompanied a friend on an international recital tour in 1973 to help him raise money for his ailing daughter. Following the tour and news of Onassis’s remarriage to Jacqueline Kennedy, Callas moved to Paris and became a recluse. On September 16, 1977, at the age of 55, Maria Callas collapsed and died suddenly and mysteriously in her Paris home.
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