Celebrate a momentous occasion in musical history as the Netherlands welcomes the dazzling film “Callas – Paris, 1958” to numerous cinemas across the country, from Saturday onwards. As we approach the joyous milestone of 100 years since Maria Callas graced this world with her extraordinary talent and captivating presence, fans of this iconic singer are invited to embark on an unforgettable cinematic journey.
Prepare to be enchanted by an unrivaled musical experience where breathtaking visuals come alive in full color and mesmerizing detail thanks to meticulous restoration work carried out on recently discovered original 16mm reels. Moreover, brace yourself for an auditory feast like no other as a newly unearthed sound source transports you back in time, allowing you to relish every note and nuance that made Callas’s performance legendary. This is your chance to witness history anew – immerse yourself in the magic of “Callas – Paris, 1958” and pay homage to one of opera’s brightest stars during her centenary year!
An unforgettable evening. Maria Callas, the quintessential diva and face of twentieth-century opera, made her Paris debut with this iconic performance at the Opéra de Paris on 19 December 1958, for one night only. It was a major social event, attended by the ‘Tout-Paris’ (including President Coty, Jean Cocteau, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Charlie Chaplin, Brigitte Bardot and many others). Callas appeared on the famous stage wearing her most elegant clothes and jewellery worth a million dollars. The show’s repertoire showed Callas at her best, both in recital and as an actress. The visual elements were as important as the vocal dimensions in her art.