In the fall of 2006, singer Adele Adkins had just found her manager Jonathan Dickins, who became aware of her through the music platform MySpace. …
However much Callas had grown fond of Onassis, she did not allow other people to interfere in her professional affairs. Until mid-1965, Maria Callas continued to give opera performances, albeit much less in number – despite Onassis’ advice to make films. In late 1960, she even returned to La Scala in Milan in the opera Poliuto (Gaetano Donizetti), though she did not sing the lead role.
On October 29, 1956, Maria Callas made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in the role of Norma from Vincenzo Bellini’s opera of the same name. It was not foreseen that the aria “Casta Diva” from Norma would find in Maria Callas one of its most famous interpreters: “Norma” was still quite unknown to the audience of the Met and many spectators were only coming to see Callas live for the first time.
Arriving in New York and staying with her father, who lived there, little promising happened at first: more than once she recited for other opera singers and directors, who always told her that she still needed to work on her voice.
Maria soon suspected that she would have little chance of launching a career in New York.
By the end of 1956, Greek-American opera soprano Maria Meneghini Callas had several offers on her desk from well-known publishing houses, all competing to publish her memoirs. She turned down all the offers.
Now she was faced with the problem that many inaccuracies or, much worse, untruths about her person and her career were spreading.
After Marlene had said goodbye to Jean, she returned to Hollywood, feeling lonely without her lover, whom she hadserved French cuisine almost daily. In the past, she had toured to sell war bonds – the “USO“ had recently been founded, an Organization whose mission was to keep up the morale of front-line troops through entertainment.
How did Marlene Dietrich and Jean Gabin, such very different people, fall in love? What did the Second World War have to do with it?
In 1975 Dagmar Koller, the most photographed woman in Austria, appeared on stage together with Zarah Leander in “Das Lächeln einer Sommernacht“ (The smile of a summer’s night). The world premiere of the musical, which was originally a movie with Ingrid Bergman in 1955, marked the end of Zarah Leander’s career, while Dagmar Koller’s career was just beginning to take off.