The Callas Imprint: A Centennial Biography                       2 Dec 2023

Callas signing Callas. Credit: Scala/Art Resource, NY

Coating operatic roles in opulence, the lyrical enigma of Maria Callas (1923-1977) lives on in a cornucopia of characters: seductress, villainess; victim and victor; queen and crouching slave.

It's a gallery of guises instrumentalists would kill to engineer… made by a single voice.

But while her craftsmanship has stood the test of time, Callas’ image has endured perpetual defamation at the hands of dirt-diggers and opportunists; regularly sounding an alarm about the state of man’s imagination. Relying on never-before-seen correspondence and archival documents, The Callas Imprint is the first biography to illustrate the complex of the multi-faceted creator: closing in on her self-contradictions, self-descriptions, attitudes and habits with unprecedented scrutiny. It taps into the singer’s eerily half-egotistical, half-altruistic hunger to serve music; threading in and out of stage life in a journey that takes connoisseurs into the double life dealt all performers.

Enlightening its readers with the unveiled details of the everyday, The Callas Imprint rolls a viscerally vivid film reel starring friends and foes and nobodies: in other words, vignettes that make up life.

It is both verity and meritable storytelling.

Not unlike the Callas art.