Google Doodles The Original Opera Diva – Maria Callas

A surprisingly chosen honor for today’s Google Doodle – famed opera diva Maria Callas is celebrated for what would have been her 90th birthday. The American-born Greek soprano was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century, with Time Magazine even once referring to her as “undisputed queen of the world’s opera” and “a woman for whom the term prima donna could have been invented.”

Famous for her tenacious approach and sheer over-powering voice, Callas’ distinct bel canto technique was highly applauded by critics and became a teaching guide for future aspiring singers.

But the “prima donna” title was not given to Callas for nothing as she was noted for being one of the opera world’s most demanding performers – even once canceling a performance halfway through in Rome.

Equally as fascinating on stage as she was off, her personal life was no less dramatic which included leaving her Italian millionaire husband in 1959 to live with Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis (who would later leave for American Royalty Jackie Kennedy).

Google’s honoring of Callas’ birthday is not the first homage to classical music anniversaries this year, as they also created a brilliant Debussy animated doodle this past August.

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