On Sunday evening, 21 September, thousands of music lovers gathered at the foot of the Acropolis hill for an opera gala hosted by the Association for the Maria Callas House and the Greek National Opera. Local and international stars sang arias La Divana herself had recorded and performed on stage during her tragically short but unparalleled career as the prima donna assoluta.
The proceeds of the concert at Herodeion will go towards the restoration of the neoclassical Athens residence overlooking the Acropolis where Callas lived during the Second World War from 1940-1945 as a teenager, before returning to the United States.
Slated to open in 2015, the museum will showcase Callas’ personal effects alongside a rich archive of photos and audiovisual materials. A library of books and records will be open for the public, along with a hall for temporary exhibitions, master classes and small-scale opera recitals. The projected cost is 1 million euros.