THE UNKNOWN CALLAS
The Greek Years

NICHOLAS PETSALIS-DIOMIDIS
672pp 157 ILLUS 2003 OUT OF PRINT B742

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Description
In this award-winning biography, Petsalis-Diomidis closely examines Maria Callas's life in Athens from 1937 to 1945. These years have been largely absent from previous works about the great soprano, but were crucial to her professional and personal growth. The author discusses her professional development, her studies, her concertising and her work with the Greek National Opera. He also explores the political situation in Greece during the Second World War, including Callas's alleged involvement with German and British occupying forces, the Communist threat and privations suffered by the populace. Callas's daily life, her friendships, her rivalries at the conservatory and her personal life are also reviewed. Although it is a detailed historical biography, the writing and pace are novelistic.