Terrence McNally

Master Class



As many of you have heard by now, Meryl Streep has been cast to play Maria Callas in the upcoming movie, “Master Class,” which is based on a play of the same name by Terrence McNally.  The play had its Broadway premiere in 1995, with Zoe Caldwell giving a Tony-award winning performance as Callas.  I couldn’t be more excited for this movie, since I have the utmost respect for Meryl Streep, and I adore Maria Callas and view her as the quintessential diva.

I was trained as an actress before I became serious about music, and to see an actress like Meryl Streep cast in this role makes me think that Hollywood made the right choice.  Streep is a true artist and a true poshie.  I would love to know the method she uses in which she develops her characters and what process she goes through to create each character’s speech patterns, gestures, and motivations.  She is so effective and believable each time I have seen her on screen, and I’m excited to see how she creates Callas.  A legend portraying a legend.

Callas was passionate about opera and I imagine Streep feels the same way about acting.  Callas set the bar high for herself with a high level of performance and allowed her artistry and precise preparation to take over her whole being once on the stage.  I am looking forward to seeing Streep transform into this poshie, La Divina, Maria Callas (preferably in the movie theater on 84th and Broadway, because it has comfortable reclining seats).  If you haven’t already, listen to anything Maria Callas today.  It is good for your soul.