The name of Maria Callas still evokes feelings of wistful operatic grandeur in so many. Born between the wars in New York to a Greek family, she ultimately became almost as famous for her eventful private life as her bel canto. Her propensity for tabloid scandal made her, in many ways, a Princess Diana of her time.
Playing such a fragile and well-known figure as Callas takes great care, huge skill and, no doubt, a little luck. A new production of Terrence McNally's Tony award-winning play Master Class sees Tyne Daly cast as the famously wilful, witty and, at times, belligerent soprano. Daly is best known to UK audiences from her Emmy-award winning turn as Mary Beth Lacey in the hit eighties New York cop staple, 'Cagney & Lacey'.
Since her nightly whinges about her day catching cop killers and bag snatchers to the long-suffering 'Harv' ended in 1988, Daly has popped up in a few Columbos and a number of one-off roles and cameos on TV.
She has also been enhancing her stage credentials with a series of successful roles on Broadway; the most recent being as Callas at the Manhattan Theater Club in 2011. The play, which is inspired by Callas' master classes of the early 70s, is both comedy and tragedy; an insight into the extraordinary life and many loves of this complex, legendary titan of modern opera.
Master Class, starring Tyne Daly as Maria Callas, is now booking at the Vaudeville Theatre on The Strand from 21st January until 28th April 2012.
We have tickets available now for all dates, priced from £25 for the Upper Circle to £65 for the very best stalls seats. For performances until 10th February, a limited number of Upper Circle tickets are available for just £12.50.