Long-dead musical stars Roy Orbison, Maria Callas set to return in hologram concerts

Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison (the real one) in concert 1980. Photo credit: Getty

BASE Entertainment has announced plans to bring late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roy Orbison and renowned opera singer Maria Callas back to the world stage as digital recreations.

This brand new technology will display Orbison and Callas performing full-length concerts with digitally remastered versions of their hit songs. The company claims the holographic performers will be able to interact with the audience and other musicians on stage.

It will combine theatrical productions with holograms and laser technology so the musicians can perform onstage alongside a live orchestra.

The hologram uses Epson's Pro L-Series laser projection, which has a long life span and shows bright images.

The first show of In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert will be April 2018 in the UK. Orbison, who died in 1988, will play with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Maria Callas
Opera diva Maria Callas. Photo credit: Getty

Tickets for UK and Australia tour dates are on sale.

Callas in Concert will debut in Tokyo in May 2018, more than 40 years after her death.

Fans got a sneak peak of the concept six years ago, when a hologram of slain rapper Tupac performed with Snoop Dogg at the Coachella Festival in California.

Two years later, Michael Jackson returned from the grave for a surprise appearance at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

BASE Hologram plans to reveal other projects in upcoming months.

Reuters