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Preserve and promote the legacy of Maria  Callas.

Making her personal archives available and accessible to the public through means of a Maria Callas Museum.

Educate younger generations on the world of Opera. Connect through culture, arts and common causes.

Strive for more inclusivity, visibility, and gender equality.

The Maria Callas Foundation

The Maria Callas Foundation was established in Paris in 2017 by close friends
and associates of Maria Callas in order to preserve her memory and advocate
for her artistic legacy.

The Maria Callas Foundation is the only internationally recognized
institution related to the memory of Callas’s life and work and holds a very
significant collection of Callas’s manuscripts, personal items, and artefacts
including stage dresses and jewellery, alongside an extensive archive of
original photographs and newly restored audio-visual media.

Supporting and creating exhibitions, events and media productions, The
Maria Callas Foundation also seeks to expand artistic, cultural, and
educational horizons, forging new partnerships to promote continued
interest in her life’s work; the Bel Canto opera style and ‘lyric tradition’ she

Maria Callas Foundation

Founding Members

Maria Callas' People

Nadia Stancioff, close friend who met Callas in the shooting of the film Medea by Pasolini, author of “Callas Remembered”, Giovanna Lomazzi, close friend who met Callas in La Scala in 1955, Beppe Mentecatti, assistant of Luchino Visconti in La Scala, Frédéric Simogli, personal hairstyle of Callas and friend during her Parisian years.

Friends and Associates

Fanny Ardant, Alain Delon, Valery Giscard d’Estaing, Franco Zeffirelli, Pierre Berger, Cecilia Gobbi (Daughter of Tito Gobbi), Piero Tosi (Costume designer), Carla Fracci (Ballet dancer), Terence McNally (Author).


The Foundation's Collection in Numbers


Hours of Original



Hours of Original Films, Performances and Interviews


Original Photographs, Public

and Private


Documents, Albums, Programs, Items belonging to Maria Callas





Original Dresses, Costumes and Stage Jewellery

Maria Callas Foundation

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