Maria Callas: A Greek Tragedy in Three Acts
Wednesday 3 May 2023 at 2.00 pm at the Lowther Pavilion. Guests may attend the lecture – £8 pp (pay on door)
Canon Chris Newlands is a retired Anglican priest, having ministered across England from Portsmouth to Durham, and from Essex to Lancashire. Before ordination, he worked for the British Council in Algeria, and after ordination was posted to Romania and Bulgaria as Embassy Chaplain and Envoy of the Anglican Communion to the Orthodox Churches of Eastern Europe. Chris is a guest lecturer on cruise ships where his lectures relate to the destinations in the Baltic, Black Sea, and Mediterranean regions.
2023 sees the centenary of the birth of one of the greatest singers of the 20th Century – Maria Callas.
Her distinctive voice is one of the most instantly recognisable in the operatic catalogue, and the high profile she enjoyed as one of the world’s most glamorous women made her an icon of the 20th Century.
But behind the facade of fame and glamour lies the tragic story of a woman who was adored by countless fans, but who never found true love and happiness for herself, and like one of the tragic heroines she played, died abandoned and alone aged just 53.