An Opera Project by Marina Abramović with music by Marko Nikodijević

7 Deaths of Maria Callas

In life, she reached millions

3 Nov–11 Nov 2023

Maria Callas embodies ‘Vissi d’arte’: a life for art.

As the prima donna of the 20th century, Callas lived the sentiment captured by Tosca in her aria ‘Vissi d’arte’. Tosca has defeated her adversary, but the future is a dark, gathering storm and she reflects on her life. Callas’ expression of the confluence of art and life has long fascinated internationally renowned performance artist, Marina Abramović. Now, Abramović’s celebratory opera project, 7 Deaths of Maria Callas, receives its UK premiere.

The deaths of ‘the Tigress’, as Callas was called, are recreated featuring some of the arias* that were most important to the singer. In the production of 7 Deaths of Maria Callas, Marina Abramović and co-performer Willem Dafoe will die seven times in seven films. Seven singers including Sarah Tynan, Elbenita Kajtazi, Nadine Benjamin, Eri Nakamura, Aigul Akhmetshina, Karah Son and Sophie Bevan perform well-known arias by Bellini, BizetDonizettiPuccini and Verdi while Abramović herself appears on stage.

Israeli-American conductor, Yoel Gamzou, makes his ENO debut after premiering the production in Munich, Athens, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Naples. The opera will also include new music arranged by Serbian composer Marko Nikodijević. This staging marks 100 years since the American-born Greek soprano’s birth.

Experience the ‘Vissi d’arte’ at the London Coliseum – book your opera tickets for Marina Abramović’s 7 Deaths of Maria Callas now.

Co-Production of the Bayerische Staatsoper with the Greek National Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Opéra national de Paris and the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli.

Running Time
1hrs 30mins

There is no interval.


We have an Access Scheme for our audiences with a disability, a health condition, or different access needs to ensure everyone has a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

Tickets start at just £10 plus £3.75 booking fee and £1.50 building levy per ticket. A maximum of £10.50 per transaction is charged.
*Each aria is sung in its original language with the words in English displayed above the stage (surtitles).

Age Guidance: 12+

For more information, please contact the London Coliseum on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

Discover 7 Deaths of Maria Callas

7 Deaths of Maria Callas' Creative Team

Marina Abramović

Director and sets

Anna Schoetl

Set Design

Georgine Balk

Revival Director

Yoel Gamzou


Marko Nikodijević


Petter Skavlan, Marina Abramović


Nabil Elderkin

Film director

Marco Brambilla

Visual intermezzos

Luka Kozlovacki

Sound design

Riccardo Tisci for Burberry


Urs Schoenebaum

Light Design

Benedikt Stampfli


Marina Abramović

Film actor & Performance

Willem Dafoe

Film actor

Tobias Lenfers

Revival Stage Manager

Rafi Gokay Wol and Yasemin Kandemiroglu for HarrisonParrott

International Production Management

7 Deaths of Maria Callas' Cast