Italian starlet Monica Bellucci and her one-woman program Maria Callas: Letters And Memoirs strikes the phase at the Beacon Theatre in New York City City for one night just on Friday, January 27.
The phase program, which marks the star’s very first time acting in a play, has actually been a global hit because it started its run with Bellucci as the famous opera vocalist at Paris’ Théâtre Marigny in 2019.
For Bellucci, who made her phase launching with Letters And Memoirs, she never ever believed the program would go on to end up being such an international phenomenon.
‘It was insane, and we never ever anticipated to come to New york city,’ the local of Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy, 58, admitted to Individuals. ‘And it’s such an indication that we concerned New york city since Callas was born in New york city in 1923, and we end up the trip in 2023, 100 years later on when she was born. So it is a stunning indication for me.’
International hit: Monica Bellucci, 58, discussed to Individuals what influenced her to handle her very first phase reveal playing famous opera vocalist Maria Callas in Letters And Memoirs, ahead of a one-night engagement at the Beacon Theatre in New York City City on Friday, January 27
Letters And Memoirs went on to mess around the world with drop in Athens, Rome, Milan, London, and Los Angeles, prior to showing up in New york city, which was Callas’ home town.
Directed by Tom Volf and accompanied by the Wordless Music Orchestra, Bellucci recites Callas’s formerly unpublished letters and works to inform her complete life story in her own words.
Throughout her efficiency, the starlet analyzes the works of Callas (born Maria Anna Cecilia Sophie Kalogeropoulou), starting with her youth in New york city and her start at the opera in Italy, to the peak of world popularity, which in the end was made complex by scandal, love and individual difficulty.
Bellucci confessed to being terrified to handle the function at first, however she could not withstand since ‘the letters were so stunning’, and Volf asked her ‘to be part of the task.’
Charm wins over: When asked why she took such a huge threat to play Callas in her very first phase program, Bellucci responded, ‘Due to the fact that appeal is worthy of threats’; she is seen in September 2022
‘I was terrified, naturally. Very first time on phase! I couldn’t say no because when I read the letters and the memoirs, everything was full of emotion and vulnerability, and it’s like if I could touch her soul,’ she explained of her reaction to the premise.
She added, ‘What moved me into this project is Maria Callas’ duality. The diva, the divina, the dona, immense talent. At the same time, the woman with a simple heart, the one who died of sadness, of a broken heart.’
Callas was born in New York in December 1923, then moved with her family back to the heir home country of Greece, and eventually became a star in Italy, ultimately earning the distinction as one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century.
Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations. Her musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as ‘the Divine One’.
The latter half of Callas’s career was marked by a number of scandals, which included having an affair with Aristotle Onassis while she was still married to husband Giovanni Battista Meneghini.
Scandals: The latter half of Callas’s career was marked by a number of scandals, which included having an affair with Aristotle Onassis (pictured with her in 1960) while she was still married to husband Giovanni Battista Meneghini
In 1966, Callas renounced her U.S. citizenship at the American Embassy in Paris to facilitate the end of her marriage to Meneghini.
With her renunciation, Callas would only be considered a Greek citizen, and under Greek law of that time, a Greek could legally marry only in a Greek Orthodox church. As she had married in a Roman Catholic church, this cemented her divorce in Greece.
The relationship ended two years later in 1968, when Onassis left Callas for Jacqueline Kennedy.
Callas spent her last years mainly living in isolation in Paris and died of a heart attack at age 53 in September 1977.
Global career: After making her film debut in Francesco Laudadio’s Italian comedy La Riffa (1991), Bellecci went on to star in such films as Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), The Passion of the Christ (2004), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003) and Spectre (2015); she is seen as Lucia Sciarra in the 007 film
When asked why she took such a big risk to play Callas in her first phase show, Bellucci replied, ‘Because beauty deserves risks.’
She continued, ‘With this task, there was something so human, so poetic, that I said, “Oh my God, it’s going to be a big risk, but I think it’s beautiful to give this to people.” And even though I was scared, when I was scared, I said, “Okay, I give love, so nothing can happen to me.”‘
After making her movie launching in Francesco Laudadio’s Italian funny La Riffa (1991), Bellecci went on to appear in movies including Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), L’Appartement (1997), Irréversible (2002), The Enthusiasm of the Christ (2004), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003), The Whistleblower (2010), Spectre (2015) and The Guy Who Offered His Skin (2020).