April 13 – What’s in a Name

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Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o mamma
It should come as no surprise that many of classical music’s big names were born with, well, different names. Eugene Ormandy started life as Jenö Blau, Beverly Sills as Belle Silverman and Richard Tucker as Rivn Ticker. It’s not always clear why public figures change their names, but in the case of legendary soprano Maria Callas, the reason is obvious. Her birth name was—are you ready?—Anna Maria Sofia Cecilia Kalogeropoulou!

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