Music: A Debut for Callas

Ever since she sang her last public performance in 1965, the opening of each new season has been preceded by a flurry of rumors that Maria Callas this year would finally return to opera. Last week in Turin, Italy, she did just that— but in an unaccustomed role. This time Callas appeared on the far side of the footlights as regista of an elaborate production of Verdi's I Vespri Siciliani.

The colorful night marked Callas' debut as a stage director and the inauguration of Europe's newest opera house, Turin's opulent Teatro Regio, which has...

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