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The Singer People Loved to Hate: 'Callas Forever'

Soprano Maria Callas arrives at Idlewild Airport in New York, in 1958.
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Soprano Maria Callas arrives at Idlewild Airport in New York, in 1958.

Opera singer Maria Callas may be gone, but she is not forgotten. Callas died 27 years ago. When she was alive and singing, she was the opera diva many people loved to hate. The diva's life has since become a small industry, demonstrated most recently with the new movie, Callas Forever. NPR's Tom Huizenga reports.

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Tom Huizenga is a producer for NPR Music. He contributes a wide range of stories about classical music to NPR's news programs and is the classical music reviewer for All Things Considered. He appears regularly on NPR Music podcasts and founded NPR's classical music blog Deceptive Cadence in 2010.

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