La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas

Solo Show shelley cooper · Ages 13+ · one person show · United States of America

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AZO SAFO certified reviewer August 14, 2021
tagged as: powerful · emotional · Maria Callas · opera
Shelley has a gorgeous operatic voice and a command of the stage. She really embodies Maria Callas so beautifully and accurately. And, yet, she's not mimicking and she's really making Callas her own. As a huge Maria Callas fan and a lover of opera, I really commend the care and work that was put into this play. ... full review
JOHN CASSIDY certified reviewer August 09, 2021
An AMAZING character portrayal. Shelley is an amazing actor with incredible operatic skills, wit, and storytelling abilities. I would highly recommend this show to others! It's not easy to keep attention as a one woman show, but she did it very very well.... full review
GEORGE STEEVES certified reviewer August 24, 2021
I can see why "La Divina" was chosen as a "Pick of the Fringe" in the 2021 Hollywood Fringe Festival! This show is absolutely exquisite.... full review
VERONICA CAREY MATTHEWS certified reviewer August 23, 2021
tagged as: divine · Spellbinding · chilling
This show has an immediate "wow" factor that carries throughout the show. Without knowing anything about Maria Callas, I feel like a got a true sense of who she is using an interview format that smartly uses pauses and interruptions to her advantage. And then the singing...bellissima. She could easily perform in any opera house around the world. One of the best, if not THE best, show I've seen at this year's Fringe.... full review
SPENCER FRANKEBERGER certified reviewer August 23, 2021
Shelley is a fantastic performer who fills the room with her powerhouse vocals and nuanced characteristics of Maria Callas. Kali douleia (great work)!... full review
MICHAEL GORDON SHAPIRO certified reviewer August 23, 2021
You don’t need to be an opera aficionado to be blown away by this powerful portrayal of a legendary artist.... full review
MAAT ATKINS certified reviewer August 22, 2021
Very compelling one person play about a prima Donna opera singer telling her story to a reporter. ... full review
CHARLES ZIARKO certified reviewer August 20, 2021
Shelley Cooper's sublime soprano soars to fill this cozy venue at least a dozen times (and could certainly fill much larger ones) as she recreates a late-in-life interview with the PRIMA-donna Maria Callas. She doesn't look like MC, but with a basic black dress and two strands of pearls---and That Voice!---she compels belief for 45 minutes (if she edited the pauses for unheard moderator questions it would be 40 or less). Even opera-phobes (like me) will be stunned and (like me) learn a lot of MC's previously-hidden early history. Thanks, Shelley, for a wonderful, too-brief theatrical evening! ... full review
BARBARA SABA certified reviewer August 07, 2021
Interpreting Maria Callas it's an ambitious and dangerous move. I was worried... Shelley Cooper stepped up on the stage and I understood that "La Divina" was in good hands. Shelley Cooper is a real "Prima Donna". Elegant, powerful, precise and incredibly talented. As a melo maniac and as Italian I enjoyed fully all the Arias proposed by Shelley. I sang with her, hiding under my mask ,and as an Italian soldier told to a young Maria Callas, after she sang one of the most famous arias from " Il barbiere di Siviglia", I felt at home for a moment. ... full review
DEBRA DELISO certified reviewer August 19, 2021
tagged as: Divine Diva!
Shelley Cooper... TERRIFIC Talent. Training. Timing. Tight writing, glorious arias. Direction by Mariangela Chatzistamatiou was spot on. ... full review