Sony grabs rights to Maria Callas doc

Sony grabs rights to Maria Callas doc


norman lebrecht

September 12, 2017

This will not please Warner, which owns the diva’s audio recordings.

Press release:

NEW YORK (September 12, 2017) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America, Australia and New Zealand to the Maria Callas documentary MARIA BY CALLAS: IN HER OWN WORDS. 

From first time director Tom Volf, MARIA BY CALLAS: IN HER OWN WORDS is the definitive doc on the life and work of the Greek-American opera singer.  Volf has spent nearly five years working on the film, which features never before seen or heard footage and performances of Callas.  
The film is co-produced by Emma Lepers of Petit Dragon and Gaël Leiblang and Emmanuel Chain of ELEPHANT Doc. “Maria Callas, her voice and story are illustrious. We’re thrilled to be able to help expand this icon’s prodigious following with MARIA BY CALLAS: IN HER OWN WORDS,” said Sony Pictures Classics. 
Said Volf, “I’m thrilled and honored to present my film with Sony Pictures Classics. I couldn’t dream of a better partner to bring MARIA BY CALLAS to audiences. I’m sure that thanks to Sony Pictures Classics many people will get to discover, or rediscover, the great artist, and the woman behind the legend, as she has never been seen or heard before.” The deal was negotiated between MK2 Films and SPC.




  • Ungeheuer says:

    As far as this listener-viewer is concerned, Big Freakin’ Deal. More ad nauseam Callas output to squeeze out the last few drops in profit from the increasingly disappearing Callas queens. T.E.D.I.U.M in place of T.E D.E.U.M should be inscribed on her gravestone, should it exist, which I doubt.

    • Heifetz63 says:

      Ungeheuer: Ignorant! Her ashes had been scattered into the Aegean Sea. Other than that, MC need no Gravestone to be remembered.