The European Union in Celebration of EU-Australia Cultural Relations has fused tradition and technology to bring Maria Callas to the stage of Hamer Hall, on Thursday, 7 December in “Maria Callas: A Concert in Hologram”.
The Maria Callas hologram technology is made possible through a special arrangement with BASE Xperiential and the Maria Callas Estate.
The performance will feature the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Schlosberg from the USA, accompanying the world’s most revered soprano.
The event will take place as part of the 100th anniversary of her birth, and it seamlessly combines cutting-edge 3D hologram technology with digitally remastered recordings of her most beloved arias.
As Maria Callas performs works from Bellini, Bizet, Verdi, and Gounod, Daniel Schlosberg will lead the MSO in this unmissable one-night-only concert experience.
“This event celebrates the deep and enduring connections between the European Union and Australia. Both regions share a profound appreciation for the arts, making this concert an opportunity to highlight the EU-Australia friendship through music and innovative technology, bridging the gap between the old and the new as part of the Creative Europe Program,” EU Ambassador Gabriele Visentin said.
“To hear Maria Callas perform was a once-in-a-lifetime experience due to the beauty of her voice and her ability to take the audience on a journey. Thanks to the power of hologram technology and the remarkable Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the European Union is proud to bring Maria Callas’s incredible gift to Australia.”
Born in Manhattan to Greek immigrant parents, Maria Anna Cecilia Sofia Kalogeropoulos began her musical journey in Greece at the age of 13, ultimately forging her career in Italy. Her repertoire spanned from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini, and Rossini, and extended to the works of Verdi and Puccini.
Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune described the experience as encountering “this ferociously dramatic soprano – even in diaphanous form.
“More than four decades after her passing, Maria Callas remains one of the most iconic and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Her contributions extended beyond music to stage design and fashion, establishing her as a global icon, hailed as La Divina, the Divine one.”
When: Thursday, 7 December at 6.30pm
Where: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Tickets available via mso.com.au