“Maria Mercedes… is sensational as Maria Callas”
Australian Book Review
“this play cast a spell…Bravo.”
Inspired by Maria Callas’ famous 1971 visit to New York’s Juilliard School of Music, Master Class is an insightful look into the life and art of opera’s most beloved and controversial 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.
Starring Maria Mercedes and featuring three of Melbourne’s most exciting young operatic talents (Georgia Wilkinson, Robert Barbaro and Anna Louise Cole), Master Class sees Callas prod and provoke her students in a searing, funny and touching depiction of a woman who knows what it takes to walk the high wire and the sacrifices required to attain the dream. Forty years later, Callas’ story as a woman forced to choose between professional power and a personal life remains as relevant as ever.
Image: Masterclass. Photographer: Sarah Walker .