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Thessaloniki celebrates the friendship of Maria Callas and Grace Kelly with a sculpture at the Concert Hall

The initiative was promoted in view of the Maria Callas Monaco Gala & Awards, a gala that will be held for the first time in Thessaloniki


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It was inaugurated at Megaro Musikis Thessaloniki, the Concert Hall of Thessaloniki, a sculpture in honor of the friendship that linked two great women of entertainment, the Greek soprano Maria Callas and Princess Grace of Monaco. The ceremony was held in the foyer of the Concert Hall in the presence of the president of the Maria Callas Monaco Gala & Awards, Ioanna Efthymiou, by the consul of Monaco in Greece Vassilis Apostolopoulos, by the president of Megaro, Eugenia Alexandropoulou Agyptiadou, by the envoy of the Prince of Monaco Luciana De Montigny and the artist who designed the work, Marcos Marin. The initiative was promoted in view of the Maria Callas Monaco Gala & Awards, a gala which will be held for the first time tomorrow in Thessaloniki. “The sculpture, which depicts Princess Grace and Maria Callas embracing, symbolizes Greece's friendship with Monaco. Indeed, Monaco was a very important place for Maria Callas, because it was the only place where she could really rest. She also spent wonderful years there, first with her great love of her Aristotle Onassis and then alone", observed the president of the Maria Callas Monaco Gala & Awards, Ioanna Efthymiou.

The event is part of the celebrations for the centenary of Callas' birth, a date for which the Thessaloniki Concert Hall has organized numerous related events. “Today we present an unknown aspect of the life of the 'Divine', namely her bond and close friendship with Princess Grace,” said the president of Megaro, Eugenia Alexandropoulou Agyptiadou. Aristotle Onassis had a base of operations in Munich. His involvement in the economy of the small principality was very important and his relationship with Prince Rainier was particularly close. Rumors published in the press of the time said that, during the period in which the prince was looking for "a Hollywood star" as a wife, he turned to the Greek tycoon for advice. Princess Grace was immediately enthusiastic about meeting and dating Maria Callas, the shipowner's new partner introduced to the Grimaldis after her separation from Tina Onassis. The artistic temperament and work in the entertainment world united the two women and certainly brought to Grace's memory memories of a past life.

Beauty and charm were certainly the other common denominator for two female characters who became symbols of their era. “Women have a great power that they don't use enough: femininity – Callas once said in an interview in 1965 – and if we knew how to simply be women, we would have the whole world at our feet”. The end of Callas's relationship with Onassis and the conclusion of the shipowner's collaboration with the Grimaldi family did not mean the end of the friendship between Grace and the “Divina”. Callas was often seen at the Grimaldi country estate, where she experienced some of the few moments of serenity after the disappointment of love inflicted by the Greek shipowner and before her death.

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