"Maria Callas", Italian orders of merit/Commendatore OMRI, was an American-born Greeks/Greek soprano and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Gaetano Donizetti/Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini/Bellini and Gioachino Rossini/Rossini and further, to the works of Giuseppe Verdi/Verdi and Giacomo Puccini/Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Richard Wagner/Wagner. Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous musicians! More Maria Callas on Wikipedia.