The visitor begins the guided tour experience at the Museum as soon as they enter the elevator. It is recommended to start their exploration on the second floor, then proceed to the first floor, and finally conclude on the ground floor, where the Museum’s café and shop are located.
In the Norma room, you can experience the ambience of the Casta Diva aria. The room has a mystical feel, encouraging listeners to savour Callas’ voice with their eyes closed. The second room is devoted to Tosca, especially the Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore aria. The highlight is a video clip from the second part of the performance at Covent Garden in London, directed by Franco Zeffirelli in 1964. The next room showcases the opera La Traviata, featuring an impressive stage presentation of the Sempre Libera aria. The last exhibition space displays Callas’ extraordinary teaching career at the Juilliard School in New York and includes a remarkable collection of rare recordings and photographs that offer visitors a unique insight into her master classes.
As you make your way to the first floor, prepare to immerse yourself in the captivating story of Maria Callas, one of the most renowned opera singers of all time. Discover the untold tale of her humble beginnings in Greece from 1923 to 1940 and witness her breathtaking ascent to global stardom. Indulge in the diverse facets of her cosmopolitan lifestyle and glimpse some of the most significant moments that shaped her life between 1968 and 1977.
Eventually, you will be guided towards the 9 Islets of the Museum, specifically dedicated to the teachers who profoundly influenced the world-renowned artist, as well as her mentor and conductor, Tullio Serafin. The exhibits highlight the artist’s significant contributions to the field and delve into her unique personality, masterful technique, and unparalleled professionalism. You will have the opportunity to closely examine the influential people in her life, her close relationship with fashion, and explore the myth and heritage of Maria Callas. The exhibition culminates in a breathtaking display of her magnificent artwork.