Contact: Audrey Frank Anastasi, Director
917.880.8337 (not for publication)


"La Divina"

a documentary film about MARIA CALLAS

with introduction and commentary by Director/Producer Larry Lapidus


SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013

2:00 - 4:00 pm


Call 718.833.9100 for events and schedule updates.

224 48 Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11220
718. 833-9100



About "La Divina"


On Sunday, June 2, 2013, Tabla Rasa Gallery is delighted to present "La Divina," a documentary film, with rare historical footage, that offers the opportunity to experience the grandeur and magic of legendary soprano, Maria Callas. Larry Lapidus, lecturer and program director for Lyric Opera of Chicago, will introduce his film about the tempestuous native Brooklynite who suffered from near-blinding myopia, potentially voice-altering mid-career weight loss, and romantic scandals involving, among others, Aristotle Onassis. Unlike more familiar biographies focused upon her personal life, this film transports us back in time to experience footage of performances, up close, personal, and totally breathtaking.


The film marks her career from early on in Italy and concludes with her last singing engagements and her premature death. “The lecture will give added information not mentioned in the documentary, and will instill greater audience appreciation.” Mr. Lapidus added that there’s also great entertainment value for those unfamiliar with the particulars of the classic soprano. “Maria Callas was not only one of the most famous opera singers of the 20th century, her beauty, style and legendary ‘diva’ antics made headlines all across the world,” he said. “She was about to marry Aristotle Onassis when he changed his mind and married Jacqueline Kennedy instead. It was quite sad. Her life was downhill from that point on.”


There will be an introduction and talk back with producer director Larry Lapidus. “Maria Callas was perhaps the most important soprano of the last century,” Lapidus said. “In my opinion, she was the greatest interpreter of ‘bel canto’ (Italian for ‘beautiful music’). This is a period of ‘Romantic’ music starting around 1830. I’ve been reading about her for years, listening to all of her CDs and watching performances on DVD.” Fiercely knowledgeable, Leonard Bernstein once called Maria Callas “the Bible of Opera.”

About Larry Lapidus

Formerly a prominent theatrical portrait photographer in New York, then Chicago, Lapidus, an avid opera enthusiast and aficionado, delivers 15 lectures on two operas per season for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. "My most important responsibility has been as a director on the board of Lyric’s largest chapter, Near North Chapter (NNC),” he explained. “They created a new position for me, specifically for Special Events and Talent. I choose singers and speakers from across the broad spectrum at Lyric for the 10 fundraising programs each season.”

On Sunday, June 2, 2013, everyone can discover the public and private lives of a legend.

Suggested donation: $10.00 (No one turned away)

Seating is limited - RSVP suggested
718.833.9101 or
info@tablarasagallery.com Subject line "RSVP La Divina"


About Tabla Rasa Gallery


Tabla Rasa Gallery is located at 224 48th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, in the burgeoning art destination of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The destination gallery is known for their consistently stunning exhibitions. Within the 4000 square foot turn of the century carriage house, the gallery exhibits primary and secondary market artwork by emerging, mid-career, and established artists, in all media, including painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, print media, digital, film and video.


The gallery is located two "D" or "N" express subway stops from Manhattan to 36th Street Station, plus one "R" stop to 45th Street (or a just few short "R" stops beyond Park Slope).


It is recommended to call 718.833.9100 for events and schedule updates.


Directions to Tabla Rasa Gallery


Subway: From Manhattan, take D or N to the Brooklyn 36th St. station plus one R stop to 45th St.

Driving: Tabla Rasa is on 48th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves, Brooklyn.

Ample street parking is available


Tabla Rasa Gallery 224 48th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11220
Sunset Park ARts Community ( SPArC )
718 833,9100   fax 718.833.9118


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