The ashes of the Greek opera singer, Maria Callas, were scattered over the Aegean Sea on Sunday (3 June), fulfilling one of her last wishes.
The ashes of the Greek opera singer, Maria Callas, were scattered over the Aegean Sea on Sunday (3 June), fulfilling one of her last wishes. She died in Paris in September, 1977. Her ashes had been kept in a French cemetery until February.
SYNOPSIS: A plane provided by the French government was used to fly the ashes of Miss Callas to Athens.
Her close friend, pianist Vasso Devedzi, accompanied the ashes on the plane. They'd been handed over to the family of Miss Callas after an attempt had been made to steal them from the French cemetery earlier this year. At Athens airport, the ashes were draped with the Greek flag, as a mark of the respect in which she'd been held.
Among the officials present were the Greek Minister of Culture and Sciences, Demetrios Niamias, and the Minister of Defence, Evanghelos Averoff-Tositsas. Artists and friends of miss Callas were also in attendance at the ceremony, organised at the request of Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis.
The ashes were carried on board a torpedo boat near Piraeus and taken out into the Aegean Sea. There, by Mount Nianias, they were scattered over the water as Miss Callas had requested in her will before she died. She'd said that she wanted to be 'lost in the sea'.