Callas Paris 1958

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Legendary debut performance of the quintessential diva, restored from original 16mm reels and a new sound source.

Tom Volf
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French, Italian

Maria Callas, the quintessential diva and the face of the opera in the 20th century, made her Paris debut with this legendary performance at the sumptuous Paris Opéra on December 19th, 1958, for one night only.

It was a major social event, attended by ‘le tout Paris’ (including French President Coty, Jean Cocteau, the Duke & Duchess of Windsor, Charlie Chaplin, Brigitte Bardot, and many more). Callas appeared on the famous stage wearing her most elegant couture and a million dollars’ worth of jewelry. The repertoire in this performance shows Callas at her best, both in recital and as an operatic actress.

Available for the first time entirely in colour and meticulously restored from the recently discovered original 16mm reels and a newly discovered sound source – this is an opportunity to experience this historical performance as never before. Produced by the team behind the award-winning film “Maria by Callas”.