Review of MARIA: The Life and Loves of Maria Callas

The Dramatists Guild, New York City

I am a 20 year old musical theatre student, and did not have the pleasure to grow up in the Callas era. My familiarity with her as an icon was solely based upon my knowing her as an opera singer, my growing up on her recordings of Carmen and my falling in love with her recording of (specifically) Un Bel Di from Madama Butterfly.

To see Miss Davidson in this 90 minute show was stunning. From the moment she walked in the door it was like actually being in the room with Maria Callas. The show in educated me as to who Maria was emotionally with regards to her relationship to her work, her teacher, her mother, Aristotle Onassis and others influential in her life. She was a person with the same faults and tribulations that people who are not perceived to be icons, per se, are. I thought the educational value of this show was remarkable.

As a young actress myself, the performance was inspiring because Joy Davidson is an amazing and indelible talent. I was touched by the performance! The emotional and the psychological thoughts portrayed were extremely effective. I learned so much and can only hope to see it again and bring my friends and colleagues so they may be touched and educated as to who this wonderful diva (Callas) is and was.

Review by Elizabeth Morin. Executive Assistant, Foundation Ventures LLC, 70 E. 55th Street, New York, NY 10022. Contact Ms. Morin via mobile at (646) 315.4764, or e-mail at

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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.