When a Tito Gobbi, a prodigious actor and colossal singer, meets a Maria Callas Capable of portraying the debonair Falstaff in the opera of the sa. The beginning of held a great surprise for the music world: Maria Callas returns to the opera stage as prima donna. Her “Tosca” at the Royal Opera. Watch Maria Callas' stellar performance of the heartwrenching aria "Vissi d'Arte.". -Next on 'Great Performances' relive legendary soprano Maria Callas' comeback performance of 'Tosca' at the Royal Opera House in MARIA CALLAS changed the way we listen to opera—and charged the ambition of the leggiero with great variety of color and practically unlimited dynamics. Τhe great Greek opera singer Maria Callas, known as the great diva, was born in New York City on December 2, The internationally renowned Maria Callas. Maria Callas et al; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House/Carlo Felice Cillario; dir. Holger Preusse (C Major, DVD). Maria Callas (born Maria Kalogeropoulou in New York to Greek parents) was one of the greatest opera singers of the past century. Maria Callas, originally Anna Maria Cecilia Sophia Kalogeropoulou (Greek: Άννα prepared in precarious conditions but with great care and precision for. Callas first appeared at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in , as Norma. evoking one of the great might-have-beens of operatic history.