Callas Confidential by Tom Volf photo by Marco de Rivera

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Tonight we attended a conference of Tom Volf on Maria Callas. Tom Volf is an actor, producer and the author of Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words, Callas confidential and the Director of the film: Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words. “There are two people in me, Maria and La Callas…”  The location of the conference was Maxim’s, a favorite spot of La Callas. Volf  held his audience in rapt attention giving teasers for his book and telling us all how just five years ago he knew nothing about Opera or Maria Callas and how destiny brought her into his life and while still a student how he spent all of his free time searching and researching about her on the internet and youtube. What is even more amazing is the fact that within five years he produced and directed the film Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words and published a book of the same title.  As an artist she was an absolute perfectionist and if she was not happy with her performance she certainly would not permit a direct recording by the Italian TV station RAI to ever see the light of day. She was a global icon that nearing the end of her life was a bit forgotten but 40 years after her death her memory lives on.

Volf is on a mission to preserve and transmit The Voice of the Century with Le Fonds de dotation Maria Callas. If you would like to be involved, all you have to do is send your donation in order to protect the heritage of Maria Callas to:

Fonds de dotation Maria Callas

7 avenue de Bretteville

92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine or go on line to For further information you can contact:

By the time I got to the table where Volf was signing books, they were already sold out.

Callas Confidential is published by Editions de La Martiniere.

Thanks to Pierre Cardin and l’Association pour le Rayonnement de l’Opera national de Paris, this event was able to take place.

Maria by Callas is the story of an exceptional life in the first person. Callas unveils Maria, and reveals a personality as inflamed as vulnerable. A moment of intimacy with a legend and all the emotion of this unique voice in the world @jpgs75 @pierrecardinofficiel



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.