Andrew Kay in Association with the Kings Head Theatre, London presents
Following rave reviews and sell out audiences in Perth and Melbourne, Terrence McNally’s theatrical masterpiece Masterclass is coming to the Sydney Opera House in March. Amanda Muggleton reprises her Helpmann and Green Room Award-winning role as Maria Callas in a brand new production of this remarkable play, directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher. Tickets will go on sale on 29 January.
The original diva. The greatest dramatic soprano of her generation. After a sensational career that saw her become the undisputed star of the world’s greatest Opera Houses including La Scala and The Metropolitan Opera in New York, Maria Callas accepts an invitation to conduct a series of master classes to a select group of young vocal students at the Juilliard School in New York.
In Terrence McNally’s extraordinary theatrical tribute, Callas takes centre-stage one more time, as she passes on to her students, and to us, the experiences and lessons of a lifetime. We witness her passion and commitment and realize the uniqueness of her great talent as she cajoles and lectures her students, delivering wisdom and insults in true diva style.
Amanda Muggleton is one of Australia’s greatest and most beloved actresses. In a career that spans over four decades, Amanda has more than 50 theatre, film and television credits to her name including her long running role of Chrissie Latham in Prisoner, and on stage, starring in Shirley Valentine, Hello Dolly!, Entertaining Mr Sloane, HMS Pinafore, Calendar Girls, Blood Brothers, Steaming and Lip Service.
This production of Masterclass is directed by Artistic Director of London’s Kings Head Theatre, Adam Spreadbury-Maher. It also features Dobbs Franks as Manny, Callas’ pianist, and three brilliant young singers Jessica Boyd, Rocco Speranza and Kala Gare.
“I’m overjoyed to be returning home to Australia to work with such a wonderful cast, including the sensational Amanda Muggleton, on Terrence McNally’s fiercely brilliant play,” said Adam Spreadbury- Maher. “Maria Callas was that rare thing; a real-life phenomenon, whose life off-stage was as rich and joyous and full-blooded as her on-stage performances and like so many others, I’ve devoured stories about her life. The more you learn about her, the more you want to learn, and with this brand new, intimate, production, we’re going to show you the woman behind the legend like never before!”.