Master Class

By Terrence McNally
Directed by Victoria Bussert

January 07 - February 06 , 1998

1997-1998 Mainstage Season

The Story

The Tony Award-winning play that pays homage to teaching as well as to Maria Calla, the world’s most famous soprano. In a master class for Julliard’s advanced opera students, Callas advises, interrupts, insults, berates and inspires, and also tells of a life that was nothing short of extraordinary. Funny and moving, Master Class celebrates the courage and discipline needed to make great art.

Creative & Production Staff

Musical Director: Brian Taylor
Scenic Designer: John Ezell
Costume Designer: James Scott
Lighting Designer: Mary Jo Dondlinger
Stage Manager: T.R. Martin
Assistant Stage Manager: Tony Dearing
Casting: Rich Cole


Judith Roberts (Maria Callas)
Brian Taylor (Accompanist [Manny])
Andrée Petersen (First Soprano [Sophie])
Theodora Fried (Second Soprano [Sharon])
Scott Brush (Tenor [Tony])
Tony Dearing (Stagehand)

Understudy for Sophie and Sharon: Lindsey McKee

Sponsorship & Support

Mainstage Season Sponsor: Monsanto Fund

Production Major Sponsor: Whitaker Foundation

Master Class is made possible in part by The McDonnell Douglas Foundation, Mallinckrodt Inc., Laclede Gas and Brown Group, corporate partners of the Arts and Education Council.