HomeOperaMonica Bellucci Tries on the Costume, and Life, of Maria Callas

Monica Bellucci Tries on the Costume, and Life, of Maria Callas


It’s arduous to disclaim {that a} Callas-Bellucci pairing feels prefer it was predestined. Bellucci even performed a Callas-like Italian opera star nicknamed La Fiamma in Season 3 of the collection “Mozart within the Jungle.” Past their bodily resemblance, Bellucci, an Italian-born Parisian, has led a border-crossing, multilingual worldwide profession, identical to Callas, a Greek, New York-born singer many years earlier.

Each needed to navigate the precise assessments that greet well-known feminine celebrities. “I believe that Monica can very instinctively and strongly relate to Callas as a lady,” Volf mentioned. “Maybe as a result of she understands the duality between making an attempt to guide a life as a lady and an artist with worldwide fame, and all of the difficulties and the challenges that include it.”

The Callas mystique, past her appearing and singing expertise, was fed by an agitated, to place it mildly, private life. She was rumored to have bitter rivalries with colleagues; was crushed by a torrid and sad affair with the Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis; and had a conflicted relationship along with her physique. (She misplaced a substantial quantity of weight in a crash eating regimen, which some blame for her eventual vocal points.)

“She’s somebody who had the braveness to observe her coronary heart, in order that’s why when folks say she had a tragic life. …” Bellucci mentioned, trailing off. “She had a courageous life. She wished to divorce in a second when, in Italy, divorce was forbidden. She’s nonetheless inspiring at this time as a result of she had all people in opposition to her and he or she was a fighter.”

Callas’s bodily reinvention may be even be seen as an indication of autonomy relatively than of weak spot. “She created what she wished to be, like many, many, many individuals within the enterprise,” Bellucci mentioned sympathetically. “Marilyn Monroe wasn’t the blonde bombshell when she began. We name this ‘les femmes du spectacle’: They know methods to create phantasm. An artist makes use of her personal physique as a transmitter, as a option to present themselves. The physique turns into an instrument.”

On the Beacon, Bellucci’s instrument might be sheathed in one in all Callas’s precise clothes, a black Saint Laurent quantity that Volf borrowed from a personal assortment in Milan. The sofa that performs a central function, nevertheless, is simply a reproduction of 1 Callas had at her condominium on Avenue Georges-Mandel in Paris.

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