The “prima donna assoluta” of opera opened the 1951 season at La Scala in Milan with the “Sicilian Vespers” and won instant recognition. From that performance on, she went from one triumph to the next. All major opera houses were at her feet, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York to the Herod Auditorium in Athens, the Covent Garden, and La Opera de Paris. During her performance as Bellini’s “Norma,” two white doves were released at the Theater of Epidaurus, and the audience went in frenzy. The whole world was kneeling before the Greek diva. In 1957 she met Aristotelis Onassis, and they started a passionate affair.