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Joyce DiDonato reads 'Maria by Callas' What is there left to say? / Classical101-WOSU

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What is there left to say? Enough to fill an engrossing new film, Maria by Callas, another examination of the life and career of Maria Callas, over 40 years after her death and more than 50 years past her final operatic performances. 

Maria by Callas, a film by Tom Volf, has no surface narration. All the words come from the lady herself, either in her own voice or in her letters, beautifully read by Joyce DiDonato. The centerpiece of the film is a 1970 interview Callas gave with David Frost, whose popular talk show was a fixture of daytime TV long before Oprah.

Callas does not sing for Frost. By 1970, she wasn't singing at all. Her final appearances had been five years earlier: Norma in Paris and Tosca in London, Paris and New York. Volf's film manages to be thorough without becoming sensational. Generous films of the artist in performance present the truths of Callas' career.

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