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Maria Callas (born Sophie Cecilia Kalos; 1923–1977) was an American-born Greek soprano who was one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. Her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini and, further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, to the music dramas of Wagner. Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina ("the Divine one"). The press exulted in publicizing Callas's temperamental behavior, her supposed rivalry with Renata Tebaldi and her love affair with Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
Depicts the profile of Maria Callas facing right. The inscription "100th Anniversary of Birth of Maria Callas" above, the country name below. The date and the mintmark (palmette) of the Greek Mint on the right. The engraver's privy mark on the left. The twelve stars of the European Union surround the design on the outer ring.
100 ΧΡΟΝΙΑ АПО ΤΗ ΓΕΝΝΗΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΜΑΡΙΑΣ ΚΑΛΛΑΣ
A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
HELLENIC REPUBLIC in Greek
ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ ★