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It Ain't Over 'Til the Hologram Sings

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I never saw Maria Callas perform, regrettably. La Divina died in 1977, but the legendary soprano is now climbing back on stage performing live - but not alive - thanks to new, state-of-the-art hologram technology. 

“Callas in Concert” is undoubtedly boiling the blood of purists, knee-jerk contrarians and habitual cynics, as with so many things these days. And maybe their reactions to this “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi” imagineering are warranted. After all, this essay comes to you from the shadows of Disney World.

“Callas” performs some of her legendary arias, such as Habañera” from Bizet’s “Carmen” in the production, as well as rarer pieces from the repertoire. A live orchestra accompanies the hologram, which uses high-quality recordings stripped of the existing background music to accommodate the live orchestration.

Somehow, a body double works with the director to choreograph the movements, integrating digital, laser and CGI technology. Yes, it’s a pretty stunning idea. It’s no wonde…

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