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Maria by Callas

Presented by Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival and Opera Company of Middlebury

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Mon. May 6
7:00 pm
$25 plus fees

 Special Benefit Screening for Opera Company of Middlebury and Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Conceived as a highly personal look at the life of Maria Callas, first time director Tom Volf has constructed a thoroughly engrossing film that reveals much about this globally revered opera diva.  As Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times described the film and its star, “Closer to a deity than a singer to her devotees, Maria Callas was an extraordinary opera star who brought dramatic intensity and emotional intelligence to her roles, not to mention an off-stage life that included a much-publicized love affair with one of the world’s wealthiest men, fellow Greek Aristotle Onassis. Everything she did made newspaper headlines. But who was she, and what was it like to be in her presence?

Director Tom Volf initially planned to do a conventional documentary to answer these questions, and in fact spent a year interviewing some 30 friends of the great diva, who died in 1977 at age 53.  Instead, Volf decided it would be more intimate and revealing to do a film on Callas almost entirely in her own words, using performance footage, TV interviews and home movies as well as letters and unpublished memoirs movingly read by contemporary opera luminary Joyce DiDonato.

The result actually works as Volf planned. . . it expertly presents an emotional essence of this performer, leaving you both shaken and stirred by the extent of her gifts and the way they connected to both audiences and her tumultuous life.”