Maria Callas On Corfu
The exhibition “Maria Callas – World Priestess of Opera”, organised by the Hellenic Public Properties Company (HPPC) S.A. and the Management of the Achillion Museum, is a unique international event, which is taking place as part of the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the 1821 revolution, co-organised by the Maria Callas Greek Society, the Ionian Islands Regional Administration and the Municipality of Central Corfu and the Diapontia Islands. The exhibition includes personal items, books of her sheet music and works of art related to the life and work of this great performer – from the collection of Mrs. Liana Skourlis – a portrait of Maria Callas – created especially for the opening of the exhibition by the Corfiot Visual Artist Elias Giannoulas, as well as eight authentic costumes donated for the purposes of the exhibition from the TEATRO DELLA SCALA DI MILANO. The scope of the exhibition in the Palace’s Dining Room is to provide visitors the opportunity to be introduced to the musical world of the artist as well as the story of her life and work.
DOMES MIRAMARE, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT, CORFU, HOSTS AN EVENING OF TRIBUTE TO MARIA CALLAS
On Friday, July 9th, within its main lobby, the Domes Miramare hosted a tribute to Maria Callas, who often found refuge with Aristotle Onassis on the hotels’ magnificent grounds. Festivities included a live performance of Maria Callas’ arias by soprano Rosa Poulimenou accompanied by pianist Mrs. Elloul, on behalf of Achilleion museum, long with the display of a magnificently rare Maria Callas evening gown, courtesy of the Maria Callas Greek society. Artist Spiros Gelekas, known for his modern abstract works, also painted a portrait of Callas during the event.
Additional events related to the exhibition include: On Friday 9 July, a lecture given by Helena Matheopoulos, Associated Editor of Opera Now Magazine, entitled “Maria Callas the Sacred Flame”. On Wednesday 1 September, world-famous soprano Myrto Papastefanou and piano soloist Ioannis Tsanakaliotis will perform a live concert in the gardens of the Achillion Palace. There will also be a special event for children on Friday 17 September at 18:00 entitled “The children of Corfu do not forget Maria Callas, the girl with a thousand names”, organised and presented by writer and lawyer Katerina Lagoux in collaboration with the Ionian University.
Visiting hours daily from 08:00 to 20:00. Free admission for Ionian Islands residents on July 11, 12 and 13.