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Long Long Wins The Dallas Opera’s ‘Maria Callas Debut Artist Award’ As Company Unveils Season Honors


The Dallas Opera has announced that tenor Long Long is the recipient of the 2023-24 Maria Callas Debut Artist Award. The tenor debuted in “Roméo et Juliette” this season. “Words can’t express how excited and touched I am to receive this precious award,” said Long Long in an official press release. “It’s a great honor for me and a significant {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Royal Opera House Muscat 2023-24 Review: Homage To Maria Callas


(Photo: Khalid Al-Busaidi) Although Maria Callas died almost 50 years ago, her name is still able to draw in the crowds. One of the headline offerings of the Royal Opera House Muscat’s (ROHM) current opera season was a concert entitled “Homage to Maria Callas,” which drew an enthusiastic audience. Of course, the presence of the fabulous soprano Sonya Yoncheva and {…}


Maria Callas Biopic ‘Maria’ Eyes Venice Film Festival Debut


Pablo Larrain’s new Maria Callas biopic “Maria” will likely premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Variety reports that Larraín’s film will launch at Lido after his previous two tragic female biopics “Spencer” starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana and “Jackie” with Natalie Portman as Kennedy Onassis debuted in Venice. The film is among several titles that will likely premiere in {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Leo Nucci & Sonya Yoncheva on their “Homage to Maria Callas” at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman


(Photo: Khalid Al-Busaidi, ROHM) OperaWire has been in Oman at the Royal Opera House Muscat to review a production of Puccini’s “La Bohème” and a concert performance entitled “Homage To Maria Callas,” starring the great Italian baritone Leo Nucci and the fabulous Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, along with the Egyptian tenor Ragaa Eldin. The stars of the show, Yoncheva and {…}


LA Greek Film Festival to Present ‘Mary, Marianna, Maria, the Unsung Greek Years of Maria Callas’


The LA Greek Film Festival is set to present “Mary, Marianna, Maria, the Unsung Greek Years of Maria Callas” on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. The event will take place at the Regal LA Live and is the U.S. premiere of the documentary by Michalis Asthnidis and Vasilis Louras. The film is produced by Stella Angeletou and had its premiere in {…}


Opera Memphis to Honor Maria Callas this April


Opera Memphis is set to present “Variations on a Theme – La Divina: A Tribute to Maria Callas” this April. For two nights only, the organization will present a showcase of major artists performing roles and arias associated with the famed diva. Audiences will hear Handorf Company Artists sopranos Kayla Oderah and Marquita Richardson performing alongside local artists soprano Maria {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Daisy Goodwin on How Maria Callas Inspired Her New Book ‘Diva’


(Credit: Francesco Guidicini) Maria Callas left an indelible mark on the opera world and continues to inspire artists around the world. Last year the opera world honored “La Divina’s‘ centennial with numerous celebrations, concerts, books, and documentaries, among many other events. Among those celebrations was award-winning author Daisy Goodwin’s “Diva,” which explores the intimate story of Callas through the heartbreak {…}


Teatro alla Scala Discovers Maria Callas’ ‘Il Turco in Italia’ Costume


The Teatro alla Scala has found a costume Maria Callas wore in a production of “Il Turco in Italia.” The company, which is celebrating the soprano’s centenary, noted that while preparing material for the digitization of historical costumes, the manager of the costume warehouse found an unnamed pink lace dressing gown in a box containing generic material from “Il Turco {…}


Lawrence Brownlee, Gautier Capucon & Anastasia Rizikov Celebrate Maria Callas


In honor of Maria Callas’ centennial, new Spotify Singles were released. The pair of singles honor Callas‘ renowned career and legacy in partnership with her official label Warner Classics, and features GRAMMY-nominated opera singer Lawrence Brownlee, star cellist Gautier Capuçon, and pianist Anastasia Rizikov. They perform two pieces from her legendary catalog “O mio babbino caro” and “Libiamo, ne’ lieti {…}