Recently, 56-year-old Monica Bellucci flew to Athens to present to the Greek public a play starring Maria Callas: Letters and Memories, directed by Tom Wolf. And yesterday on the stage of the theater the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, built in 165 AD. BC, the first show took place (in total, Monica will perform three times during these tours).
It is interesting to note that the Odeon is one of the main stages of Athens, and Maria Callas herself once performed here, which is now played by Bellucci.
The performance, as the title suggests, is based on the letters of the opera diva and covers 30 years of her life. Callas' recordings were collected by director Tom Wolf himself and combined into a book, which formed the basis of his performance. The director himself described his work as “Callas's autobiography, which she herself did not have time to write.” The premiere took place back in 2019 in Paris, but the tour has shifted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Monica herself was also in awe of her new role.
Many said that Callas had a tragic life, but I would say that she had a brave life, she followed her heart, remaining implacable. Maria Callas remains a woman who inspires
She said earlier at a press conference in Athens.
Recall that Maria Callas is one of the greatest opera singers of the 20th century. She was born in New York to a family of Greek immigrants in 1923, and then, at the age of 14, left to study at the Athens Conservatory. There, she survived the occupation during the Second World War – her debut on the stage took place just in 1941. Then Maria performed on the stage of La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera, but in 1959 Callas's career was scrapped due to the loss of her voice.
In the same year, the drama unfolded in the singer's personal life, the reason for which was her unhappy love for the Greek billionaire Aristotle Onassis. The couple's relationship was very turbulent and ended sadly – Onassis married Jacqueline Kennedy in 1968.
Maria Callas spent the last years of her life in Paris and practically never left her apartment. She died in 1977 at the age of 53.