A few days ago I show the play Masterclass by Terrence McNally in Dimitris Horn theatre in Athens.
Maria Kallas is one of the most Devine creatures that ever existed. In this – so brilliantly written- play we see the great diva self-analyzing during a masterclass she decides to give to teach opera students during one of the most difficult moments of her life when everything seems pointless.
As I read in the play’s program, We stand before the “afterglow of a goddess” who is trapped by her artistic deadlock and is deeply traumatized by the exposure of her love affair with Aristotle Onassis.
The performance of actress Maria Nafpliotou is like an earthquake. I found myself in tears not out of sadness but out of the strong emotions that fled me. It was so intense, making me actually feel in my skin Maria’s desperation. It was like I wanted to burst! I was deeply moved and conquered by both the role and the actress.
Considering the personas of both Kallas and Nafpliotou I once again realized the value of strong emotions and how expressing them may lead to beautiful art. How significant it is to feel passionate about what we do… it is so much more important in art than having the academic background. This is something I stand by everyday as my passion for creation and not my academic studies gave me the blessed gift of Hermina jewelry. Never devaluate the power of emotion. Express yourself!
I leave you with La Divina Maria Callas singing Casta Diva from Bellini’s Norma opera