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Maria Callas: Magic Moments of Music – Tosca 1964

This film tells the story of one of the most magic moments of music. Maria Callas returns to the opera stage as prima donna.

  • Maria Callas: Magic Moments of Music – Tosca 1964 © C Major Entertainment

  • Maria Callas: Magic Moments of Music – Tosca 1964 © C Major Entertainment

  • Maria Callas: Magic Moments of Music – Tosca 1964 © C Major Entertainment

The beginning of 1964 held a great surprise for the music world: Maria Callas returns to the opera stage as prima donna. Her “Tosca” at the Royal Opera House becomes a sensation. Not even the Beatles received more press coverage. All this, for an artist whose glorious career was said to be over, with the singer herself passing over to legend.

It is no longer her performances, but her scandals that, are dominating the headlines. Unlucky in love with her billionaire boyfriend Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas wants to show them all that the title of ”Primadonna assoluta” is still rightfully hers. On condition that famed stage director Franco Zeffirelli takes on the production, the exceptional vocalist is prepared to take on the role of Tosca. Her fans queue outside the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden for four, even five nights. To get their hands on the sought after tickets, they spend the freezing winter nights in sleeping bags and on fold up chairs.

The film tells the story of the event from today´s perspective and features interviews with Antonio Pappano, Rolando Villazón, Rufus Wainwright, Thomas Hampson, Anna Prohaska Wolfgang Joop, Jürgen Kesting, Brian McMaster, Kristine Opolais. As bonus the performance of Tosca´s second act is included. It is one of the most dramatic acts in opera history. The film recording is one of the few opportunities to see Maria Callas on stage and witness her emotional dramatics and vocal competence.

Original title Maria Callas: Magic Moments of Music – Tosca 1964
Genre Documentary + Opera (Tosca, 2nd act)
Duration 97 mins
Production Company Produced by sounding images, co-producer C Major Entertainment. Commissioned by ZDF in collaboration with ARTE
Soloist Antonio Pappano, Rolando Villazón, Rufus Wainwright, Thomas Hampson, Anna Prohaska, Wolfgang Joop, Kristine Opolais
Producer A film by Holger Preusse

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