Callas, Maria

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Callas, Maria Gender: F
Sophie Cecelia Kalogeropoulos
born on 3 December 1923 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating DD
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 10°15' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 06°14 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 26°51'

Alternative birthtime
based on BC date
Date 2 December 1923 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place New York, NY (US), 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 09°15' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 22°14 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 26°04'

Maria Callas (1958)


Greek opera singer, noted for her glorious voice, stirring acting ability, and explosive temperament, a slender, chic superstar with a volcanic temper. Her performance in Bellini's "Norma," Verdi's "La Traviata," and Puccini's "Tosca" were outstandingly memorable. In her prime, she was the world's most celebrated diva, a legend in her own time.

Callas was born in Manhattan to Greek immigrant parents who changed the family name from Kalogeropoulos to Callas when her father opened a drugstore in the borough. The girl began singing at a young age in order to please her almost pathologically ambitious mother. In 1929, they lost the store during the depression. Her parents separated in 1937 and Maria and her older sister, Iakinthy, moved with their mother to her homeland. Maria began voice study in Athens, living in Greece during World War II. There, the talented teenager made her professional debut in 1941 in the small role of Beatrice in Suppe's "Boccaccio."

In 1950, her debut at La Scala, the famous Milanese opera house, was a triumph, although she was tall and overweight, with acne, nervously biting her fingernails. After her appearances at the Florence May Festival in 1951, she was opera's most talked of figure. By 1954 she had slimmed down from 200 lbs. to 130 lbs., with an American debut that same year. Callas was a tireless rehearser, singing everything whether it fit her voice or not. Her versatile soprano may have been flawed by occasional chancy pitch but none matched her for impact. Temperamental, she was known for endless cancellations and walkouts.

In 1947, she met an older entrepreneur, Giovanni Meneghini, 32 years her senior. Despite the opposition of both families, they wed on 21 April 1949 in Verona, with no family members in attendance. With his wealth and experience, Meneghini transformed her into a glamorous star. Since Callus was prone to fragile health, he would not let her bear children, thinking it might harm her physical well-being as well as her career.

The marriage began its demise when they took a cruise on the Christina in the summer of 1959. Callas met Aristotle Onassis on the great ship, which Onassis owned. She vented her anger on her husband, while taking long walks with Onassis, growing closer to him. They began an affair and Callas became pregnant (a fact which did not become public until an enterprising biographer published his book in October 2000). She concealed her pregnancy and delivered a boy, named Omero Lengrini, by C-section prematurely on 30 March 1960 at 8:00 AM MET in Milan (B.C. in hand from Grazia Bordoni); the child lived for two hours. She and Onassis continued their liaison, and discussed the possibility of marriage in 1966.

She had a stunning collection of jewels from Onassis, one of the world's wealthiest lovers. In 1968 she lost him to Jacqueline Kennedy, but a short time later they resumed their affair, which continued until his death in Paris on 15 March 1975. Callas seldom performed after 1960. Her last years were lonely, rejecting Meneghini's offer of reconciliation in 1975. She died of a heart attack at her Paris home on 16 September 1977.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Link to Astrodienst forum archive


  • associate relationship with Donizetti, Gaetano (born 29 November 1797). Notes: "Lucia di Lammermoor" rediscovered through Callas
  • associate relationship with Raimondi, Gianni (born 17 April 1923). Notes: Co-stars in "Armida" and "La Traviata" (Alfredo)
  • role played of/by Ardant, Fanny (born 22 March 1949). Notes: 2002 biopic "Callas Forever"


  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1927 (Giovanni Maneghini)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1954 (American debut)
  • Relationship : Extramarital Affair 1957 (Aristotle Onasis)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 30 March 1960 (Premie baby boy lived two hours)
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  • Death of Significant person 15 March 1975 (Ari Onassis)
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  • Death by Heart Attack 16 September 1977 (Age 53)
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  • Work : Prize 2007 (Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award)

Source Notes

B.C. in hand from William Henry, July 1995, with 2 Dec 1923, no birth time. Same information quoted by Ann Parker from the biography by Nadia Stanciott "Maria Callas Remembered," E.P. Dutton, 1987, p.44, "Sophie Cecelia Kalos, apparently shortened by a member of the staff of Manhattan's 5th Ave hospital from her full name, Kalogeropoulos. Even the mother's maiden name, Evangelia Demetroadis had been shorted to Demos and her more familiar first name, Litza." The time 7:07 am comes as calculated time from her mom's quote of "dawn."

Over the years, various quotes have been given as "from her" or "from the family," for times ranging before and after daybreak. Luis Ortet writes, October 2000, "According to French astrologer Andre Barbault, when Callas ordered her horoscope at "Astroflash" in Paris, she wrote that she was born at 6 AM, given in "Astralites des Femmes Ilustres," Editions du Rocher, 1998, pp 316.

Note 24 April 2012 by atr:

Manfred Gregor, Hamburg, reports that he has seen a document in Paris, shown to him by Michel Gauquelin, where Callas herself states her birth date as 3 December, 6:00 am. French collector Didier Geslain has the same date and time, quoting as source 'herself'. Because Callas lived in Paris and had personal contact with local astrologers, we follow the French connection Barbault/Gauquelin/Geslain. Many published biographies give 2 Dec, also Wikipedia. Wikipedia notes "(biographer) Slonimsky and others have argued that, despite her birth certificate, she was actually born on 3 December".

In the book 'My daughter' her mother, Evangelia Callas, writes: "My daughter Maria began life in a storm ... The day she was born, the fourth of December 1923, there was a snow storm such as I have never seen before." This is quoted by Michael Scott in his book 'Maria Meneghini Callas'. Scott writes that the birth certificate (also on file at Astrodienst) gives 2nd December, and that New York meteorological reports show for the 2nd cold but dry weather, no snow, no precipitation at all. Scott further quotes Callas' 1957 autobiography, that she, while her passport stated 2nd, preferred the fourth, partly because it was St Barbara's day, but also because her mother told her so and 'I have to believe what my mother says.'


  • Traits : Body : Weight (Over 200 lbs as a teen)
  • Traits : Personality : Fiery (Temperamental)
  • Traits : Personality : Temper (Volcanic)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of two girls)
  • Family : Childhood : Parents divorced (When she was 13)
  • Family : Relationship : Cohabitation more than 3 yrs (Affair with Onassis for 28 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Aristotle Onasis)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs (Affair with Ari)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One illegitimate boy)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Premie baby died)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/Opera
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Music (Vocal)
  • Notable : Awards : Grammy (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Name synonomous with opera)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women