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Left Bauer Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co presents  MC Web Large

MASTER CLASS 
By Terrence McNally

Director Daniel Lammin
Musical Director Cameron Thomas
Costume Designer Owen Phillips
Lighting Designer Brendan Jellie
Sound Designer James Hogan

Starring Maria Mercedes as Maria Callas, Blake Bowden, Teresa Duddy, Cameron Thomas, Georgia Wilkinson

Inspired by Maria Callas' 1971 visit to New York's Juilliard School of Music, Terrence McNally's Master Class is an insightful look at the life and art of opera's most beloved and controversial diva. 

At the time, Callas' own career singing on the world's great stages had drawn to a close, her voice a shadow of its former glory. Six years later, Callas' death at the age of fifty-three sealed her legend as a real-life tragic heroine. 

Featuring stage and screen star Maria Mercedes as Callas and three of Australia's most exciting young operatic talents, Master Class sees Callas prod and provoke her students in a searing, funny and touching depiction of a woman who knows the sacrfices required to attain the dream. 

Nominated for two Green Room Awards - Best Actress and Best Director.

5 Stars 'Master Class' will delight opera and theatre lovers alike, and audiences will long cherish the memory of Mercedes' marvellous performance. - Cameron Woodhead, The Age

One doesn't need to be familiar with Callas' story to enjoy this thrilling and ambitious production. - Sascha Kelly, Limelight

Maria Mercedes is Callas. She is remarkable... Hers is the kind of astonishing performance that leaves the actor and the script invisible, if not forgotten. - Anne-Marie Peard, Aussie Theatre

This play casts a spell... It was a revelation to me to be so close to fellow human beings with access to such rich, stirring vocals. - Lee Bemrose, Australian Stage Online

A mesmerising night in the theatre - Graham Ford, Stage Whispers

 

Performances: Tuesday - Saturday 8.00pm / Saturday 3.00pm / Sunday 5.00pm

Tuesday 11 August - Sunday 30 August 2015

Running time: 2 hours including interval