MARIA, BY CALLAS, UNCENSORED
In her own words, singing opera was reaching to heaven where those gardens of pure harmony reside… The documentary “Maria by Callas” opens new doors regarding her life. This time, through her own voice.
Editor: Ali Tufan Koç

She thought she was going to live her life simply as “Maria”. Yet there was “Callas” to come, a title that simply means “the greatest opera singer of all times”.

Through the pictures, visual and audio records that hadn’t been out before and her diaries& letters read by Joyce DiDonato, the documentary by Tom Volfe shows Callas telling her own story as she reveals the soul behind her voice that sings beyond her human self and reaches throughout the ages.

Some remarkable moments of the documentary are where we see her being born in New York into an immigrant family from Greece, having education in Greece, growing as her voice was gradually transforming into “Callas”, dealing with the problematic relationship she had with her mother and experiencing an endless rivalry with Renaya Tebaldi.

Her character or silhouette is no different than her voice; bulletproof, unbreakable, unbending and uncompromising. She buries her pain in her letters when her greatest love Aristotle Onassis marries to Jackie Kennedy. And she never disclaims her upright stance.

In the documentary, Callas expresses that she first needs to feel what she performs. And she says that she definitely needs to experience before feeling it fully…

FROM THE ARCHIVES
FEASTS
FINDS
CASE SERIES
ALL ARCHIVES
FROM THE ARCHIVES
FEASTS
THE DIAMOND FOLD

The art of using the right napkin in four steps.

FINDS
THE BARBICAN CENTRE

Is the Barbican Centre, one of the greatest examples of brutalist architecture, a monument of ugliness or an architectural gem?

CASE SERIES
MEMOR(Y)IAL DESTRUCTION

The art month in Istanbul is September and for me it took a start with the exhibition “Memor(y)ial Destruction”.

BLACKOUTS
SEGOVIA

‘In Medina del Campo the history of Spain can be experienced on its streets, its public places and in the cluster of historical buildings in the city center. This is the city of Isabella, Queen of Spain.’

LOVE LETTERS
FEM GÜÇLÜTÜRK

The love letter to Çıtlık Ağacı (Turpentine Tree) that botanist Fem Güçlütürk wrote is reflecting something beyond the love that we know.

SENSES
AYŞE BOYNER

We feel Ayşe Boyner’s high energy through all of her senses.

CITIZENS
NURAY ADA

Best friend, a local break spot, a deep relaxing breath, or maybe a handful of mud ready to be shaped…