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The Callas suite: a nest for the Divina

  • Travel
  • - 7 January 2015
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    Grand Hotel et de Milan suite 114. If you ask, you may enter what, for two years, was the room of Maria Callas, the famous soprano, a close friend of the famous director Franco Zeffirelli.

    Spacious and comfortable, the room conveys much more than just needed comfort. The prevalent colours of the ambiance, the furniture and fabrics are red and black, as if to represent the great passion and the terrible discomfort that Callas felt in her life as a singer and as a woman. The end of great romance with special men, the aging of her voice, her decision to withdraw from the splendour and spotlight to close within herself.

    A suite that conveys the intensity with which this star graced the stage throughout the world, experienced love and pain, transposing these feelings and emotions in her roles. It is warm, welcoming and even loyal; like Callas who gave her body and soul to her passion; the suite too bears this effect of devotion to comfort. On the walls, black and white photos showing the Divina in the midst of her golden years, while performing her most famous roles, such as Violetta in La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, in the opera Norma by Vincenzo Bellini and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti.

    As you walk into 114, you get the impression of entering not only the room where Maria Callas lived for so many years but somehow you’re able to catch a glimpse of her intimate world.

     




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