Callas by Callas: The Secret Writings of "la Maria"

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Universe, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 166 pages
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Passionate portrayals of the great Maria Callas have appeared in countless articles and books. Yet behind the unanimous enthusiasm for the soprano's talent remains the mystery of the woman herself - restless, ephemeral, elusive. No one but "la Maria" could tell the real story of Maria Callas. Here, a new figure emerges, cultivated from the letters, memoirs, photographs, and ephemera that the authors have collected from Callas's personal archives and those of her friends. The result, in essence, is a secret diary illuminating the central episodes of her life. Approaching Callas's most intimate self, the authors listen to her heart to narrate the story of a life which was essentially simple, though no less fascinating than the fabled existence imagined by her fans. Revealing the mysteries of her incomparable art, the secrets of her troubled soul, the tales of her joyful triumphs and painful delusions, this visual chronicle brings us closer to a great star who was, above all, human. With a refined graphic presentation that includes a wealth of previously unpublished photographs, this work is a colorful and resonant tribute to the woman Callas was and the legend she continues to be twenty years since her death.

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Four Greats Talk
Origins of a Myth
The Callas Age

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About the author (1998)

Renzo Allegri, born in Verona in 1934, lives and works in Milan. For twenty-five years he was the special correspondent and music critic for the weekly magazine "Gente." Later, he became editor of the Culture and Performing Arts columns of the weeklies "Noi" and "Chi" and is now the permanent correspondent for classical music to the prestigious Japanese music journal, "Ongaku No Tomo." He has published several biographies, including "The True Story of Maria Callas."
Born in Milan in 1969, Roberto Allegri is a journalist and opera enthusiast who contributes to numerous daily and weekly cultural publications, particularly those relating to music. He has a regular column in the weekly magazine "Chi" and has collaborated on several books with his father.

Roberto Allegri is a journalist and writer who studies at the University of Milano in Italy. He writes for an Italian magazine and three newspapers on various topics. He has co-authored 6 books with Renzo Allegri in addition to several articles. His most recent publication is a book of poems entitled II Profumo Del Fieno.

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