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Janet Ulrich Brooks leads a superb Master Class


Her magnetic, mercurial performance anchors TimeLine’s portrait of Maria Callas.

A magnetic, mercurial performance by Janet Ulrich Brooks drives this portrait of opera diva Maria Callas, an international superstar in the 1950s and ’60s. As famous for the burning intensity of her dramatic interpretations as for her sublime soprano, Callas was also notorious for her tempestuous temperament, her feuds with rivals she called “performing seals,” and her premature vocal decline, attributed by some to the drastic weight loss she undertook to transform herself from (in her words) an “ugly duckling, fat and clumsy and unpopular” into a svelte goddess of the stage.…

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