Maria Callas: A Woman, a Voice, a Myth, an impressive collection of Maria Callas’ historic stage costumes, jewels, rare documents, books and letters gathered over many years by Bruno Tosi, President of the Associazione Maria Callas, as well as photographs lent by the Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy, are on view at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in an installation created by Barton Myers Associates and Sussman/Prejza & Co. The show also includes a special screening of the documentary BIOGRAPHY®: Maria Callas courtesy of the BIO. channel. Part of the exhibition will then travel to Venice, Italy to be installed in the soon to be inaugurated Maria Callas Museum at Scuola del Cristo, San Marcuola-Cannaregio.
The show opens concurrently with the book release of The heart of The Young Maria Callas, a previously unpublished diary, full of her dreams as a young woman and complimented by the reminisces of friends who knew her well through her triumphs and struggles.
James Conlon, LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music Director, will give a special lecture (by invitation only): Maria Callas and Richard Wagner: A Surprising Couple, on 15 March 2010. Bruno Tosi comments, “As incredible as it may seem, Maria Callas owes everything to Richard Wagner, dating back to a dark period of her extraordinary career. She attained critical success at 25 with her great performance as Isolde from Tristan and Isolde at La Fenice Theater in Venice on December 30, 1947.” Following the lecture, Mr. Conlon will receive the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding lifelong activity and dedication to the arts. Conlon says, “Maria Callas was already one of the heroines of my youth when I had the great fortune to meet her in the final year of my studies at the Juilliard School. Having watched me rehearse a production of La Bohème, she recommended to the president that I replace the conductor who had withdrawn. Her intervention at a critical moment brought about the break, which in essence initiated my professional life. Her impact on my life, both artistic and personal, has been immense.”
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