In Rio de Janeiro in 1886, eighteen-year-old conductor Arturo Toscanini is torn between an ageing soprano attempting a comeback and a mistress his own age.
Opera diva Nadina Bulichoff (Elizabeth Taylor) interrupted her stage career for a relationship with the emperor of Brazil but has fallen in a deep depression. Toscanini begins to coach his childhood idol to return to the stage in Aida.
The conductor is instrumental in her transformation as her performance proves an ultimate triumph and she is back the top of her art.
Franco Corridoni was the makeup artist; Elizabeth Thorburn was Elizabeth Taylor’s personal makeup artist.