Maria By Callas: In Her Own Words

The film luxuriates in her voice, and star power.


Maria By Callas: In Her Own Words

Tom Volf’s MARIA BY CALLAS is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek-American opera singer completely in her own words.

Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs—nearly all of which have never been shown to the public—the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time.

Assembling the material for the film took director Volf four years of painstaking research, which included personal outreach to dozens of Callas’s closest friends and associates, who allowed him to share their personal memorabilia in the film. When recordings of Callas’s voice aren’t available, Joyce DiDonato, one of contemporary opera’s biggest stars, reads her words.
Documentary, Bio-pic, Women and Film, Art & Artists, Music, Opera
English, French, Italian
Alessandra Codinha, Vogue

“My predecessor, Rudolf Bing, fired Maria Callas at the peak of her career,” Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, said from the stage at Alice Tully Hall on Sunday night, where he introduced the new documentary 'Maria by Callas.' “So on behalf of the Met, I’m here to make amends.” ...

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