7 Deaths of Maria Callas

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January 1970

The 83rd Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival will be enhanced by the new project by Marina Abramović, with music by Marko Nikodijević and dedicated to the divine Maria Callas. As explained by Abramović, Maria Callas was a sublime artist with a very unhappy personal life; a woman whose suffered greatly for love and who died for love, just like the many heroines that she majestically played throughout her career. 7 Deaths of Maria Callas is in fact inspired by the seven operatic heroines that die for or of love: Carmen, Tosca, Lucia Ashton, Butterfly, Norma, Desdemona and Violetta Valery.

Program and cast

Conductor: Yoel Gamzou

Director and scenes: Marina Abramović

Music: Marko Nikodijević

Scenes from operas by Georges Bizet,Gaetano Donizetti,Giacomo Puccini,Giuseppe Verdi

Video director: Nabil Elderkin

Copy: Petter Skavlan, Marina Abramović

Visual interludes: Marco Brambilla

Costumes: Riccardo Tisci

Stage design: Anna Schöttl

Lights: Urs Schönebaum

Dramaturgy: Benedikt Stampfli

On-screen performer: Willem Dafoe

Performers: Marina Abramović, Nadezhda Karyazina, Whitney Morrison, Leah Hawkins, Adela Zaharia, Selene Zanetti, Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, Hera Hyesang Park

New production in co-production with Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Greek National Opera and Opéra national de Paris

Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Choir Master: Lorenzo Fratini

Teatro del Maggio

Teatro del Maggio is in the centre, close to the old city walls, next to the historic Stazione Leopolda. The garden that welcomes visitors is Piazzale Vittorio Gui, named after the founder of the Stabile Orchestrale Fiorentina and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

By train
Santa Maria Novella is Florence's main train station.
From there you can reach the theatre with a short walk (about 10-15 minutes) or by taking the tram (a stop) or a taxi.

By car
The Opera di Firenze is just outside the ZTL area.
It is possible to park near the Parco delle Cascine or for a fee in the Porta al Prato car park (Via Elio Gabbuggiani, 7) and in the Piazza Vittorio Veneto car park.

By bus
Lines C1, C2 and D (Leopolda stop);
Lines 17 and 23A-B (stop Via delle Carra);
Lines 17B-C, 22, 23N, 23 and 57 (Pierluigi da Palestrina stop);
Lines 29, 29B, 29BA, 29BC, 29D, 30A, 30B, 30AC, 35 and 35° (stop Leopolda - Porta al Prato; Capolinea).

By tram
Line T1 (stop Porta al Prato - Parco della musica).

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