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Meryl Streep to star as opera legend Maria Callas in 'Master Class'

The movie is based on the Terrence McNally play of the same name.
By Annie Martin   |   June 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, June 18 (UPI) -- Meryl Streep will star as opera legend Maria Callas in new TV movie Master Class.

The 64-year-old actress has taken the role in an HBO adaptation of the Terrence McNally play. The Broadway production opened in 1995, with Zoe Caldwell as the lead.

The play is based on the life of opera diva Maria Callas, born in 1923. The plot begins as she teaches a master class in voice at the Juiliard School, but truly centers on her musings about her own life and career. She recalls her early doubts and disappointments, and continues into her triumphs and love affair with Aristotle Onassis.

Sources tell Page Six filming will begin in January. The actress is reportedly "learning the tricks of the guitar trade from none other than legendary Neil Young" for the movie.

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