Life With The Signora at Ucheldre Centre is a reminiscence in word and song about Maria Callas written and directed by Jamie-Glyn Bale
With Anne Williams-King as Maria Callas
Marian Bryfdir as Bruna Lupoliremi
Friday 25th November
Maria Callas – “La Divina” – the most famous singer in the world sacrificed her career and ultimately her life for a man who used and then rejected her.
Her rapid rise to international stardom; the transformation from hefty Wagnerian soprano to glamorous and svelte diva; her relationship with Aristotle Onassis (responsible for the premature decline in her vocal powers); her ill-advised comeback and finally her lonely death in Paris in 1977 are recalled by Bruna Lupoli, her maid for 18 years in a reminiscence in word and song. Some of the great operatic arias associated with Maria Callas are performed live by international soprano Anne Williams-King accompanied by Marian Bryfdir as Bruna and the performance is directed by Jamie-Glyn Bale.
Anne Williams-King was born in Wrexham and has sung principal roles in major opera houses all over the world (including la Scala Milan and Covent Garden). Her performances as Salome and Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk received great critical acclaim. Her many operatic roles parallel those of Callas e.g. Butterfly , Leonora, Tosca and she has a particular interest in the Italian belcanto repertoire.
Marian Bryfdir is a leading vocal coach having given masterclasses and workshops in Italy , Spain USA and in 2015 China . She now teaches at Bangor University and at the Ucheldre Centre . Anne and Marian have recently established the North Wales Opera Studio in Llangollen.
Jamie-Glyn Bale was director of the” La Palabra Teatro” company in Andalucia (awarded the VIII TEA de Toledo award for most promising small company) and winner of the “Desencaja 2014” prize. He returned to the UK this year and has a particular interest in theatre and social issues, drama therapy and has specialised in gender based theatre.
The 25 November is also “International Violence against Women Day” and after the performance the stage will be open for an informal discussion with various women’s aid and domestic abuse and family services, giving them an opportunity to raise awareness around this topic.
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