Raising the Dead — And A Few Questions — With Maria Callas' Hologram

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The irony couldn't have been more vivid when Maria Callas sang the words "The dead don't rise again from the grave," from Verdi 's opera Macbeth , on stage Friday night at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg, Va. It was, appropriately, All Souls Day, as the greatest opera singer of modern times, dressed in a white sleeveless gown and shawl, gestured expressively with her hands and face, and for a few minutes fully inhabited Verdi's unhinged, hallucinating character. But it was the audience, of course, who was seeing things. It wasn't the real Callas, the electrifying soprano who died just over 41 years ago. Instead it was a surprisingly life-like, and literally electric, three-dimensional hologram of the diva, lip-synching to her famous...

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Raising the Dead — And A Few Questions — With Maria Callas' Hologram

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