High-tech hologram projections bring the late and legendary soprano Maria Callas back to the Lyric to perform arias by Rossini, Verdi, Gounod, Bizet plus
Saturday, September 7
Lyric Opera House
20 N Upper Wacker Drive
Legendary opera diva Maria Callas will return to the Lyric Opera House, 64 years after her final opera performance here and 42 years after her death. Singing arias by Rossini, Verdi, Gounod, Bizet and more with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra performing live onstage, conducted by Eímear Noone, the legendary artist again takes the Lyric stage with the Callas in Concert — The Hologram Tour.
Through cutting-edge technology and theatrical stagecraft, this BASE Hologram production is a first-of-its-kind live concert tour. The fabled opera artist returns to Lyric through state-of-the-art digital and laser projection for a live full concert experience featuring original recordings that have been digitally remastered.
Maria Callas holds a special place in the history of Lyric Opera of Chicago, having made her American debut in the title role of Bellini’s Norma in 1954, to open the company’s very first season. That same year, she triumphed as Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata, and the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor — singing two performances of each of the three operas in just over 2 weeks. Callas opened Lyric’s 1955 season as Elvira in Bellini’s I puritani, followed by Leonora in Verdi’s Il trovatore and Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly — her only staged performances of that role. When a third performance was added, it sold out the 3,563-seat house in 98 minutes. In 1974 Callas returned to the opera house for a recital with famed tenor Giuseppe di Stefano.
“We put a lot of thought and effort into both the program and creating Callas’s character to bring an authentic experience to the stage,” says Wadsworth. “Audience members will leave with a sense of admiration at her remarkable ability to cultivate a relationship with each viewer through her emotion and dramatic conviction.”
For tickets and more information, visit the Lyric Opera website or call 312-827-5600