Press Release: Celebrate the life and loves of Maria Callas

International opera singer Joy Davidson stars in this acclaimed one-woman play celebrating The Life and Loves of Maria Callas. Maria Callas who was one of the most controversial figures, but undoubtedly was the most famous operatic diva of the 20th Century. A woman of incredible contrasts: revered/reviled; glorified/pitied; powerful/ helpless; explosive/vulnerable.  All of these and so much more constituted the persona of the tempestuous prima donna the world often called “La Divina”.

Davidson gives voice to the most influential figures in Callas tragically complicated life: mother, father, teacher, husband, musical mentor, and of course her love affair with Aristotle Onassis. This riveting play, written by Alma H. Bond, Ph.D., has been edited and directed by Bill Taylor. Bond is the author of 17 published books, the most recent of which is the biography of Jacquie Onassis.

Davidson has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, La Scala Milano, New York City Opera and many others. This one-act performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the artist.

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About Joy Davidson

Joy Davidson, mezzo-soprano, began her career with a professional debut in Rossini’s Cenerentola with Greater Miami Opera and went on to sing 45 roles throughout Europe and North America. Since her retirement from the operatic and concert stage, Joy has returned to the theatre with performances as Maria Callas in MASTER CLASS (Terrance McNally) and two one woman dramas: MARIA: The Life and Loves of Maria Callas (Alma H. Bond) and ALICE: An Evening with the Tart-Tongued Alice Roosevelt Longworth (Kitty Felde). Recent performances of these plays have been at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Florida, the Kravis/Rinker Center for the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL and Colorado State University in conjunction with Opera Fort Collins. ALICE sold out 5 performances at the Capital Fringe Festival, Washington D.C. July, 2011. Miss Davidson garnered rave reviews for her performance as the NURSE in MEDEA (Euripedes/Jeffers) for Theatre Conspiracy in March 2011. The Philharmonic Center for the Arts presented Miss Davidson in another one-woman tour de force, TEA AT FIVE (Matthew Lombardo), which captures the fiery spirit of Katharine Hepburn, March 11, 12, 2012.