Great success , under the magical sounds of the Opera and glamorous guests , with first of all His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco , and the brother of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco who is also the Secretary General of the Princess Charlene Foundation , Gareth Wittstock , was held , the first annual Maria Callas Monaco Gala & Awards , by its President and Founder , and famous Royal Artist Ioanna Efthimiou , in the iconic Salle Empire of the Hôtel de Paris in Monte Carlo , on 10 May 2021.
The event was held under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco .
The event was also supported by the Greek community of Monaco and the Greek Tourism Organisation .
The inspiration of the event is the revival of the first legendary Gala that took place in 1960 , with the great opera diva Maria Callas enchanting the crowds with her unique voice inside the Opera House of Monte Carlo and in front of her close friends , Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco , and of course her great love Aristotle Onassis .
The magnificent Gala included award presentations to outstanding personalities who have excelled in their personal work through different fields such as , music , Opera , sports , medical sciences , entrepreneurship , tourism , philanthropy as well as highlighting the work of Maria Callas . The event began with the reception of the Prince by the organizer Ioanna Efthimiou , who first guided him to the art exhibition of a well-known art gallery in Monaco represented by Iro Vachari - Kampani , and then personally introduced all the award winners of the event . Big names were awarded such as the internationally renowned singer Nana Mouskouri , the Monegasque young pianist Stella Almondo who impressed the audience with her great talent , the well-known Greek soprano Elena Kelesidis , the world famous tennis players Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas , the pioneers in the field of international entrepreneurship Elena Amvrosiadou, Vassilis Katsos and Nelly Katsou.
From the medical field, the Rector of the Kapodistrian University of Athens , Greece Dr. Meletios Ath. Demopoulos , the infectious disease specialist Dr. Sotirios Tsiodras , the well-known businessman in the medical field Vassilios Apostolopoulos , Athenagoras Andriadakis with the Tourism Award , owner of a 5 stars luxury hotel unit in Crete island of Greece , as well as Liana Sciurles for the work of highlighting Maria Callas in Greece , and the Archpriest of the Cyan Coast and Monaco Michael Seliniotakis for his charity work. Ioanna Efthimiou welcomed the audience , and referred mainly to Maria Callas , but also to the opportunity through this Gala for the strengthening of relations between Greece and Monaco , where this idea aroused more interest from Prince Albert , who pledged to support this event to become a successful institution that will be held every year in Monaco .
Greetings were also addressed by the active President of the Greek community of Monaco , Sophia Vachari Tsouvelekakis who actively helped in this event , as well as the Greek Ambassador for 2021 , Kalliroi Danali-Apostolopoulou , who is always at the forefront of the effort to support actions that promote extroversion and the image of Greece abroad . This was followed by a meal of high gastronomic demands by the famous Chef Alain Ducasse , in the specially decorated spring space , and Art de la table with wonderful floral compositions by Marco Traverso - Monaco . In this special decoration was the first presentation of the album ' Opera Tables ' , by the well-known PR manager George Davlas , which takes you to unique places in the world inspired by the Opera . The event concluded with an Opera concert by the great musicians , Stella Almondo ( piano ) , Alexis Gournel ( piano ) , and Elena Kuszheleva ( Soprano ). At the end of the event all guests received a unique jewelry , designed by jewelry designer Xaris Apergi , who she has also created the Maria Callas ring exclusively for Her Serene Princess Charlene of Monaco .
Co-presenter of the event was the Director of International Relations & Sports Diplomacy Peace & Sport , Iris Vlachoutsikou . The event was attended by prominent personalities , such as the President of Crem Louisette Azzoaglio , the Consul General of Greece in Monaco Petros Machas , the Vice Presidents of the Greek community of Monaco , Gregory Stasinopoulos and Gerasimos Marinis , the businessman Konstantinos Tsouvelekakis , the National Strength & conditioning performance coach Christos Fiotakis , the Secretary General of the Princess Grace Foundation U. S.A. Brisa Carleton , Magda Kallitsantzi , Hulia Biren of SBM , Safia El Malqui in charge of Art Monte Carlo , the well-known model and businesswoman Victoria Silvstedt , as well as Véronique Alexandre of Your’s Monaco , Janet Xanthopoulos , Mary Maringhy , Pericles Askotis , Emi Livaniou / Zisiopoulou etc.