La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas
Presented by Theatre Asylum
“Shelley Cooper captures La Divina perfectly. Her dry humour, her poise, her power and her beautiful beautiful voice. Strong, pure and infused with a magic that cannot be explained.”—NoHo Arts
Winner of the 2022 Best One Woman Show at United Solo Festival, 2021 Orlando Fringe Critic’s Choice Award for Best Individual Performance in a Drama and Hollywood Pick of the Fringe (among others)! La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas is a one-woman show inspired by the life and work of the Dramatic 20th Century Opera Singer Maria Callas. The audience eavesdrops on La Divina’s interview with a nonexistant Mr. Wallace and are taken on a journey through trauma, allowed glimpses of an extremely complex and tormented woman, and treated to some operatic gems including “O Mio Babbino Caro”, “Habanera”, and “Vissi d’arte”. The show provides interesting tidbits from the singer’s life — how opera kept her alive during World War II — and delves some into her complicated relationship with Aristotle Onassis, while offering insight into the singer’s own complications.
“She has the looks, presence, and power to dare impersonate Callas”—Total Theatre
Cooper is so believable you begin to feel you are actually seeing Callas in front of you.—The Front Row Center