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Mozart: Mad & Marvellous

In 1990 stage director Peter Sellars shocked the opera world by staging three Mozart operas in typically contemporary American settings. The three operas toured worldwide and were filmed in 1991, the Bicentenary year of Mozart's death. Of them, Cosi fan Tutte stands out as a particularly astounding ... Read more
Unlike other Mozart operas, the action of Don Giovanni is played out in a brief 24 hour period. It has its fair share of doors slamming and women running through corridors dragging long skirts—but within its tight, dynamic plot is woven a web of intrigue, greed and revenge. From the opening ... Read more
Glamourous and gritty, Hell for Leather is anything but conventional opera on film. Dominik Scherrer revisits Ihe classic tale of Satan's fall from Heaven. Filmed on location in London's East End, Scherrer shot the film in three weeks and chose to record the actors singing live. With sharp edits ... Read more
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's Marriage of Figaro remains one of the definitive examples of the genre. A bold and ambitious production, Ponnelle made no compromises with this live staging. Following the action of The Barber of Seville, Figaro's master, Count Almaviva, is now married to his love Rosina ... Read more
Compacted with as many layers of pathos as its subjects' make-up. Opera Fanatic dives right into the heart of the opera divas of yesteryear. Stefan Zucker. himself a singer and art philosopher (noted as the world's highest tenor in the Guinness Book of Records), sets out to interview ten of the ... Read more
Bergman's interpretation of Mozart's The Magic Flute spins a tale as ethereal and timeless as Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Tamino (Josef Kostlinger) is a knight of pure spirit, enticed by the Queen of the Night into abducting her daughter Pamina (Irma Urilla). Her captor, Sarastro (Ulrik ... Read more
Wedged somewhere between Italo Calvino's /f on a Winter Night a Traveller and Woody Allen's The Purple Rose ol Cairo, Osten's Mozart Brothers plays with, and stretches to true comic effect, questions of the creative process. Bordering on farce, but with rigour and discipline, the story's anti-hero ... Read more
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