The Herald Sun (review from 2015 season)
Inspired by Maria Callas’ 1971 visit to New York’s Juilliard School of Music, Terrence McNally’s Master Class is a searing, funny and touching depiction of opera’s most beloved diva.
At the time, Callas’ own career singing on the world’s great stages had drawn to a close, her voice a shadow of its former glory. Six years later, Callas’ death at the age of fifty three sealed her legend as a real life tragic heroine.
Featuring stage and screen star Maria Mercedes as Callas and three of Australia’s most exciting young operatic talents, Master Class shares the wisdom, humour and torment of a woman who knows what it takes to live the dream.
Image: Masterclass. Photographer: Sarah Walker .
★★★★ “It’s hard to imagine anyone giving a better performance as Maria Callas in the hit Broadway play Master Class than Maria Mercedes does here; in fact, it’s a role she seems born to play.” Jo Litson, Sunday Telegraph
“Mercedes is magnetic when expertly masking the emptiness beneath the contained surface.” Deborah Jones, The Australian
“Master Class is truly a master class in performance and presentation, a lesson in excellence. Brava!” Richard Cotter, Australian Stage