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Maria Callas. A name like a thunderbolt. To this day, she is considered the most outstanding soprano of all time. When she performed, even time stood still and held its breath. When she realised that her voice no longer met her standards, she stopped singing and began teaching at the Juilliard School in New York. The play is about these masterclasses.


Callas is merciless, brutal and mercilessly demanding - with her students and with herself. A second time level shows important stages of her life in retrospective monologues.

In addition to her unforgettable global successes, she was also notorious for her moods: In Chicago she came to blows with several policemen at once, in Rome she insulted the President of the Republic and she fell out with the directors of the Met and La Scala.

Not forgetting her self-destructive relationship with Aristotle Onassis. In her search for love and real security, she never let go of her hard childhood in poverty and in the shadow of her prettier sister.

In ‘Masterclass’ we experience a deeply torn woman, sensitive and vulnerable, and an artist who was able to bring worlds crashing down.


Terrence McNally's bittersweet comedy is like Callas herself:
Wonderfully wicked and breathtakingly entertaining.

(Program in German)

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Participating artists
Harald Weiler (Regie & Kostüm)
Gottfried Greiffenhagen (Übersetzer/in)
Terrence McNally (Autor/in)
Bettina von Leoprechting (Übersetzer/in)
Katja Weitzenböck (Maria)
Nikolai Orloff (Manny)
Béla Meinberg (Manny)
Rocío Reyes (Sophia de Palma)
Lisa Ziehm (Sharon Graham)
Lawrence Halksworth (Anthony Cantolino)
Dates
September 2024
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