This glorious, raw, and bittersweet look at one of opera’s most formidable talents was the Tony Award winner for Best Play in 1996.
Witness a master class conducted by legendary opera diva Maria Callas. Glamorous, demanding, and unapologetically herself, Callas critiques and regales a new crop of opera’s finest. Both frustrated and amazed by the students thrust before her, she escapes into recollections of the glories and failures of her past, remembering her rise as one of opera’s biggest underdogs. This authentic and musically rich MASTER CLASS presents a portrait of a faded star who refuses to be anything but the indomitable woman she once was.
TimeLine’s production will star Company Member Janet Ulrich Brooks, a six-time Jeff Award nominee for roles at TimeLine (including 33 VARIATIONS, A WALK IN THE WOODS and ALL MY SONS), where she mostly recently appeared as Queen Elizabeth II in the company’s extended run of Peter Morgan’s THE AUDIENCE, also directed by Nick Bowling. Other recent credits include VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE (Jeff Award nomination) at the Goodman Theatre, WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD (Helen Hayes Award nomination) at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C., and the short film FOR A GOOD TIME. And the production will be music directed by six-time Jeff Award recipient Doug Peck, who previously music directed FIORELLO! and JUNO at TimeLine. Peck’s extensive credits include work around Chicago at Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and many others, as well as regionally at theatres across the United States.