Tabla Rasa Gallery, at 224 48th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues) in Sunset Park, will present "La Divina", a documentary film about opera diva Maria Callas. (R to 45th St. Ample street parking available.)
Director/Producer Larry Lapidus, program director for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, will introduce the film, featuring rare historical footage of the legendary soprano.
Callas' personal life was itself the stuff of opera: her near-blinding myopia; her potentially
voice-altering mid-career weight loss; her romantic scandals; and the tragic loss of her great love Aristotle Onassis to Jacqueline Kennedy.
Callas has been called the most important soprano of
the last century. She was certainly the greatest
interpreter of Italian bel canto. Conductor Leonard Bernstein called the fiercely knowledgeable
Callas “the Bible of Opera.”
The film follows Callas' career from its beginning in Italy to her final singing engagements. Not just one of the 20th century's most celebrated opera stars, Callas' beauty, style and incendiary temperament made her an international sensation.
Unlike other bio-pics focused only on her personal life, "La Divina" transports the audience to the diva's onstage world with rare closeup footage of her breathtaking performances.
Suggested donation: $10.00 (No one turned away)
Due to limited seating, RSVP requested.
Call 718.833.9100 or email info@TablaRasaGallery.com for reservations. Be sure to state "RSVP La Divina" in the subject line.