Since 15 September over 90,000 visitors have seen the exhibition, curated by theatre designer Margherita Palli. It is dedicated to the Milanese years of the great soprano with 14 original costumes and a selection of sketches and designs by Lila de Nobili, together with the jewellery worn by Callas for the first act of Luchino Visconti’s production of La traviata in 1955. There is also a reconstruction by the students of the theatre’s Academy of the famous first act dress from La traviata, as well as numerous photos on stage, together with reviews of the time.
Thanks to a multimedia installation by the theatre’s archive, visitors can compare versions of ‘Amami Alfredo’ as the opera’s score scrolls alongside versions of the 1951 production in Mexico City, 1955 at La Scala, and 1958 at Covent Garden.
In the various rooms, visitors hear extracts from the new editions of Callas’s live recordings remastered by Warner Classics for the box-set “Maria Callas Live remastered”.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.