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Maria Callas captivated audiences with her strong opera performances, showing off her vocal range in productions such as Tosca and Norma.
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After a failed attempt at breaking into opera in America, Maria Callas was offered a role in the Verona Opera Festival in Italy.
Both on the stage and off Maria Callas was a vocal and strong individual eventually earning the nickname "The Tigress."
After losing the strength of her voice Maria Callas decided to use her knowledge of opera to begin teaching at Julliard.
After losing the strength of her voice and turning to teaching at Julliard, Maria Callas was persuaded to return to the world of opera.
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During the 1960s, Maria Callas's formerly stellar singing voice was discernibly faltering. Her performances grew fewer and farther between, as a result of her frequent cancellations. Though she formally retired from the stage in the early '60s, Callas made a brief return to performing with the Metropolitan Opera from January 1964 through July 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 '71 and '72, she conducted master classes at The Juilliard School 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, France, 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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