Maria Callas set to come back to life on the stage at Bozar


Forty years after her death, Maria Callas will return to the stage in Brussels as a hologram, for a unique show at the Bozar on 27 November.

The Belgian première of the show "Callas in Concert", which has already been staged at La Scala, the Met and Covent Garden, will see the "voice of the century" return to the stage at Bozar. The animated 3D image of the Greek singer will be accompanied by a symphony orchestra of 60 musicians. The Diva will then "perform" her most famous songs. For opera lovers, Maria Callas turned this art form upside down and some of her roles, such as Norma, Tosca and Violetta, and her "O Mio Babbino Caro", the famous Puccini air, have gone down in opera history.

For the Belgian public, this will be an opportunity to "rediscover on stage the emotional form and legendary expressiveness of Maria Callas", said Stephen Wadsworth, Director of Opera at the Juilliard School in New York, who inspired the show.

But leaving aside its technical prowess, the project is proving divisive. After seeing the show at the MET, the New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini described the concert as "amazing, yet also absurd; strangely captivating, yet also campy and ridiculous".