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Master Class


Sun 16 Jun 2013, 2:30pm–4:30pm

Where: Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, North Tce, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: elderhalladelaide

A play by Terrence McNally

Between October 1971 and March 1972, legendary opera singer, Maria Callas, gave 23 master classes for singing students at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

In playwright Terrence McNally’s extraordinary theatrical tribute, Callas takes centre-stage one more time. By turns temperamental, vain, insightful and infuriating, she passes on a lifetime of experience.

We witness La Divina’s passion and commitment, and realise the singularity of her gift, as she coaxes, prods and inspires her students into giving the performances of their lives, while revealing her own.

As she slips off into memories, we experience her days at La Scala, her marriage to Batttista Meneghini, and her great, doomed love for international shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis.

But the dazzling theatricality comes from Callas’ emotional explosions, her cutting wit, and the soaring music, as each student sings an aria that exposes La Divina’s vulnerabilities... and her genius.

Winner of Broadway’s 1996 Tony Award for Best Play, Master Class combines music and drama to give us a glimpse of what it takes to make great and glorious art.

A staged play-reading with singing.

Directed by Rob Croser, Artistic Director of Independent Theatre.

Kathryn Fisher, one of Adelaide’s best-loved actresses, will read the part of Callas.

Past and present Conservatorium students Jessica Dean, Michaela Burger and James Nicholson read and sing the roles of Madame Callas’ “victims”.

The accomplished Mark Sandon plays the accompanist.

Bookings: (08) 8313 5925