Some people still believe that Maria Callas’ weight loss had to do something with her death. Comparing her before and after pictures, she looked significantly thinner and her voice had changed as well. As a result, people still seek information about her transformation and her diet.
Maria Callas Commendatore, OMRI, better known as Maria Calls, was an American-born Greek soprano who was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. She was mostly recognized for her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice, and dramatic interpretations.
Maria was involved in many rumors and scandals. She died on September 16, 1977, of a heart attack at age 53. Even though it has been years since her death, people seem to adore her and remember her still as of now. The members of her Opéra de Paris will soon be doing a gala named Maria Callas Gala in her remembrance.
On the other hand, many people seem curious to know more about Maria’s personal life, especially her weight loss at the time of her death. In this article, we will be talking about her transformation and the reason behind it. Let’s get started.
Details on Maria Callas’ Weight Loss & Change in Her Voice!
Maria Callas was very focused on her weight loss diet until she was last seen in public. Many people thought that the singer was dead because of her weight, but later it was announced that she had a heart attack. Some people believe that the loss of body mass made it more difficult for her to support her voice, triggering the vocal strain.
You might have noticed Maria’s weight fluctuation if you have seen her before and after pictures. At the beginning of her career, she was seen as a healthy woman who was guessed to be 90 kg. Many of her followers and Tito Gobbi even suggested she should have thought about weight loss and asked her to stop overeating.
Maria Callas had undergone significant weight loss at the time of her death.
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Maria started thinking about having weight loss when she was in her initial performances of Cherubini’s Medea in May 1953. She said that she felt she needed a leaner face and figure to do dramatic justice to this as well as the other roles she was undertaking. She also said that her weight was not only a problem in her appearance but also that her vocalizing was getting heavy. She stated;
I was tiring myself, I was perspiring too much, and I was really working too hard. And I wasn’t really well, as in health; I couldn’t move freely. And then I was tired of playing a game, for instance playing this beautiful young woman, and I was heavy and uncomfortable to move around. In any case, it was uncomfortable and I didn’t like it. So I felt now if I’m going to do things right—I’ve studied all my life to put things right musically, so why don’t I diet and put myself into a certain condition where I’m presentable.
What Diet Did Maria Callas Follow for Her Weight Loss?
Soon after the realization, Maria Callas started following a weight loss routine, and by 1954, she had lost almost 80 pounds (36 kg). Her weight loss was so successful that Sir Rudolf Bing, who used to call her monstrously fat, later started calling her an astonishing, svelte, striking woman. It looks like Maria did magic in a year and made everybody change their judgment about her looks.
Well, there is always positive and negative gossip about a topic. While some people loved how hardworking the American-born Greek soprano was, others accused her of trying a different, imaginary method to achieve success in weight loss.
Maria Callas’ weight loss diet included tapeworms and physiologic pasta.
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There were rumors that Callas swallowed a tapeworm, and Rome’s Panatella Mills pasta company claimed she lost weight by eating their physiologic pasta. Later, Maria talked about the rumors and denied everything, even by filing a lawsuit against the Panatella Mills pasta company.
What Was Maria Callas’ Favourite Food?
Maria Callas stated that she achieved her weight loss goals by eating a sensible, low-calorie diet of mainly salads and chicken. After a massive weight loss, she never gained weight, and she was thin and lean until her death. Many people think that she made a mistake by losing weight, and some even believe that the loss of body mass made it more difficult for her to support her voice, triggering the vocal strain.
People might be confused about what can be because of Maria’s eating habits. There are many people who are discussing Maria’s eating habit, which was said to have changed all of a sudden. Well, she loved having cakes and puddings but lived mostly on steak and salad. After being conscious of her weight, she started being very choosy about food.