Callas - Paris, 1958

Tom Volf
Sat 2 Dec 19:30
2 Dec

Maria Callas made her legendary debut in Paris on December 19, 1958, an unforgettable evening attended by prominent figures such as the French President Coty, Jean Cocteau, and Brigitte Bardot. Callas dazzled on the stage of the Paris Opéra in the most exquisite couture and jewelry worth a million dollars, delivering a captivating repertoire where both her vocal and visual artistry were at their peak. The magic of this evening can now be relived on the big screen with 4K restored footage and Dolby Atmos sound.

Only one evening served as the opulent backdrop for this legendary performance on December 19, 1958, at the lavish Paris Opéra. Callas graced the famous stage in her most elegant couture and jewelry. She commenced with her signature role, Norma's Casta diva, followed by the haunting Miserere from Verdi's Il Trovatore, before lightening the mood with the playful Una voce poco fa from Il Barbiere di Siviglia. The highlight of the evening came in the second half: a fully staged rendition of Tosca, Act II. The repertoire in this performance showcased Callas at her best, both as a recitalist and as an opera actress.

Visual elements were as crucial as the vocal dimensions in her art. Beautifully restored from newly discovered original 16mm prints and a newly found audio source. For the first time, presented in full color, in 4K Ultra HD, and produced by the team behind the award-winning film Maria by Callas (2017). The visual restoration of the film is just part of the story. The sound has been lovingly restored as Dolby Atmos directly from Maria Callas's personal archives. Every note, every nuance of her unparalleled voice has been preserved for posterity.

Callas - Paris, 1958
Tom Volf
Maria Callas
90 min
Sat 25 Nov
Italian, French