What Did Critics Think of the New Documentary Maria by Callas?

The Verdict   What Did Critics Think of the New Documentary Maria by Callas?
The movie immortalizes the life and career of the famed soprano.
Maria Callas
Maria Callas Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

The new documentary Maria by Callas chronicles operatic soprano Maria Callas' life story through interviews, never-before-seen footage, and recordings. Pieced together by director Tom Volf, the film is a new and intimate view into the life of one of the most celebrated voices of the 20th century.

By using Callas' own voiceovers and film clips when possible, Volf allows Callas to form her own narrative. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato also lends her voice to passages from Callas' own journals.

The film, which premiered in France last year and has subsequently played multiple film festivals, will be released in U.S. theatres November 2.

Read reviews for the new film below.

Variety (Scott Tobias)

IndieWire (David Ehrlich)

Hollywood Reporter (Tom McCarthy)

Observer (James Jorden)

OperaWire (David Salazar)

Vogue (Alessandra Codinha)

Playbill will continue to update this list as more reviews come in.

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