Monica Bellucci Dishes on How She Conquered Her Fear of Playing Opera Legend Maria Callas

The 'Spectre' actress was 'scared' about portraying the late icon in a one-woman show but she assured herself she had nothing to fear because she gave 'love' on the stage show.

AceShowbiz - Monica Bellucci was jittery about making her stage debut playing opera legend Maria Callas in a one-woman show. The "Spectre" star plays the soprano in the play "Letters and Memoirs" in which she reads Callas' previously unpublished writings to tell her life story in her own words - and Bellucci admits signing onto the project was incredibly daunting.

"I was scared, of course. First time on stage! I couldn't say no because when I read the letters and the memoirs, everything was full of emotion and vulnerability, and it's like if I could touch her soul," she told

She added, "Theatre is a big risk ... [But] beauty deserves risks. With this project, there was something so human, so poetic, that I said, 'Oh my God, it's going to be a big risk, but I think it's beautiful to give this to people'. And even though I was scared, when I was scared, I said, 'Okay, I give love, so nothing can happen to me.' "

The play debuted in Paris, France back in 2019 and was a huge success. Bellucci went on to perform around the world in cities such as London, Rome, and Los Angeles before taking the show to New York on Friday, January 27, 2023 for a one-night only performance at the Beacon Theater.

Bellucci says bringing the show to the Big Apple feels special because it is the city where Callas was born 100 years ago. She added, "It's such a sign that we came to New York because Callas was born in New York in 1923, and we finish the tour in 2023, 100 years later when she was born. So it is a beautiful sign for me."

Callas died in 1977 at the age of 53.

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