That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of a pupil's means; great teachers foresee a pupil's ends. My teacher was Ferruccio Cusinati— Maria Callas
The most interesting Maria Callas quotes that will inspire your inner self
I don't need the money, dear. I work for art.
I cannot switch my voice. My voice is not like an elevator going up and down.
Love is so much better when you're not married.
Only my dogs will not betray me.
An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house.
Don't talk to me about rules, dear. Wherever I stay I make the goddam rules.
You are born an artist or you are not.
And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks. The artist is always there.
Women are not pals enough with men, so we must make ourselves indispensable. After all, we have the greatest weapon in our hands by just being women.
I am not an angel and do not pretend to be. That is not one of my roles. But I am not the devil either. I am a woman and a serious artist, and I would like so to be judged.
I belong to the givers. I want to give a little happiness even if I haven’t had much for myself. Music has enriched my life and, hopefully - through me, a little - the public’s. If anyone left an opera house feeling more happy and at peace, I achieved my purpose.
On stage, I am in the dark.
First I lost my voice, then I lost my figure and then I lost Onassis.
I would like to be Maria, but there is La Callas who demands that I carry myself with her dignity.
I don't know what happens to me on stage. Something else seems to take over.
I prepare myself for rehearsals like I would for marriage.
Real friends are very special, but you have to be careful because sometimes you have a friend and you think they are made of rock, then suddenly you realise they're only made of sand.
To sing is an expression of your being, a being which is becoming.
Some say I have a beautiful voice, some say I have not.
It is a matter of opinion. All I can say, those who don't like it shouldn't come to hear me.
First I lost weight, then I lost my voice, and now I've lost Onassis.
When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I'm slipping.
When the curtain rises, the only thing that speaks is courage.
What is there in life if you do not work? There is only sensation, and there are only a few sensations— you cannot live on them. You can only live on work, by work, through work. How can you live with self-respect if you do not do things as well as lies in you?
I would not kill my enemies, but I will make them get down on their knees. I will, I can, I must.
I admire Tebaldi's tone; it's beautiful - also some beautiful phrasing. Sometimes, I actually wish I had her voice.
Don't come to me with your troubles. I have to work for my money and you are young enough to work too. If you can't make enough money to live on you can jump out of the window or drown yourself.
I was always too mature for my age - and not very happy.
I had no young friends. I wish I could go back to those days. If I could only live it all again, how I would play and enjoy other girls. What a fool I was.
My poor sight gives me an advantage. I can't see the people in the audience who are scratching their heads while I am lost in my role and giving everything I have to the drama.
I want to be a mature artist with a different kind of thinking.
The public is a monster and that is why I am not eager to return to the stage.
I will not be sued! I have the voice of an angel!
I will always be as difficult as necessary to achieve the best.
Only my dogs will not betray me.
ART is domination. It's making people think that for that precise moment in time there is only one way, one voice. Yours.
Paris dictates fashion to the whole world.
[During fee negotiations for singing in Vienna:] I'm not interested in money, but it must be more than anyone else gets.
Only when I was singing did I feel loved.
What [Tulio Serafin] said that impressed me was: "When one wants to find a gesture, when you want to find how to act on stage, all you have to do is listen to the music. The composer has already seen to that." If you take the trouble to really listen with your soul and with your ears - and I say soul and ears because the mind must work, but not too much also - you will find every gesture there. And it is all true, you know.
When I did not become enemies, then I understand that there was nothing standing.