The 2nd edition of the Maria Callas Gala and Awards charity event is returning to the Principality this spring, celebrating Greek culture and the memory of La Divina for a good cause.
Legendary diva Maria Callas came to Monaco in 1960 and sang at a gala event held by Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace. Inspired by this extraordinary event, the Maria Callas Gala and Award show was born in 2021 and proved such a success that it is now becoming a yearly event worthy of the Monaco social calendar.
The black-tie event is the brainchild of Ioanna Efthimiou, whose aim is to celebrate the iconic soprano’s remarkable talent and pay tribute to her distinguished career.
“Maria Callas has always been an inspiration for me,” says Ioanna Efthimiou. “What a voice, what a talent, what charisma, what a personality. I wanted to bring the legend back to Monaco, in the place that embraced, loved and admired Callas most.”
The event, organised with the support of the Greek Community of Monaco, benefits the Princess Charlene Foundation this year, with its 27 projects in 19 countries around the world working to ensure water safety is accessible to children everywhere.
The award ceremony celebrates great talent of our time, and this year will honour, amongst others, Monica Bellucci as best artist, with best musical artist going to Mario Frangoulis. The night includes a cocktail party, an operatic concert and will end with dinner in the Salle Empire of the Hôtel de Paris.
The award ceremony is being held on 5th May in the Monte Carlo Opera’s Salle Garnier, a venue dear to the heart of Maria Callas. For more information and tickets, visit the website at https://www.mariacallasmonacogala.org/tickets/