Maria Callas, for children aged 5 to 10

Maria Callas, for children aged 5 to 10


norman lebrecht

December 10, 2020

The Teatro Regio de Parma has produced a chldren’s reading and colouring book on the life of Maria Callas.

It’s in English and Italian and can be bought from the theatre’s website for a modest ten Euros.

I’m guessing the kids will be thrilled to learn how to throw an operatic tantrum.


  • Hal Hobbs says:

    According to Urban Dictionary, “reasing” is a swift kick to the groin. Might want to check your copy.

  • M McAlpine says:

    I wouldn’t have thought the life of Callas was exactly children’s reading.

  • Edgar Self says:

    I wonder what the Aristotle Onassis character looks like, and Medea’s children?

  • Christopher Purdy says:

    Really? You reduce Maria Callas’s life and career to “a tantrum” ?

  • Sharon says:

    If handled correctly her early life is a pretty inspiring story. She handled a very difficult childhood with fighting and later divorced parents, a mother who probably tried to exploit her, got through
    WWII in Italy frequently hungry while she continued studying music, had setbacks and at one point worked as a retail clerk in the US, and overcame a lack of connections and being overweight–essentially, with the help of her husband who was not really connected in the music world either, she was able to claw her way to the top

  • drummerman says:

    I knew someone who was a principal player in the Met Orchestra back in the day. He claimed that he never saw Callas throw a “tantrum” or any such behavior. Never.