Maria Callas’ Comeback

January 12, 2021

Updated with new broadcast time: Great Performances: The Magic of Callas premieres Friday, January 15 at 10 p.m. on THIRTEEN

Explore the legacy of opera superstar Maria Callas (1923 – 1977) in this documentary detailing her spectacular 1964 comeback at London’s Royal Opera House in Puccini’s Tosca. Her performance in the Franco Zeffirelli-helmed production became a sensation, proving that the title of “Primadonna Assoluta” was still rightfully hers despite the scandals and decline that marked the second half of her career.

Opera stars Thomas Hampson and Kristine Opolais, Rufus Wainwright and other famous fans share insights and the story of her comeback.

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Maria Callas and the Aria “Vissi d’Arte” in Puccini’s Tosca

Learn more on the official Great Performances site.