Opera Fanatic

Overview

Jan Schmidt-Garre directs this documentary about the wild, passionate, campy world of opera singers. Stefan Zucker -- authenticated by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's highest tenor -- travels about Italy in search of retired divas, many of whom are none too pleased with Zucker's visit. They all deplore the lack of emotion of the current crop of opera singers, arguing that they favor cold technique over passionate flamboyance. Making liberal use of archival footage, the filmmaker clearly shows ...
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Overview

Jan Schmidt-Garre directs this documentary about the wild, passionate, campy world of opera singers. Stefan Zucker -- authenticated by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's highest tenor -- travels about Italy in search of retired divas, many of whom are none too pleased with Zucker's visit. They all deplore the lack of emotion of the current crop of opera singers, arguing that they favor cold technique over passionate flamboyance. Making liberal use of archival footage, the filmmaker clearly shows that performances during the 1950s and '60s did not lack excessive abandon. At one point in the film, Zucker interviews the indomitable Marcella Pobbe, who grows increasingly annoyed with his questions, especially when they are not specifically about her.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • UPC: 807280181395
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Arthaus Musik
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Letterbox / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English, Italiano
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 89,758

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stefan Zucker
Giulietta Simionato
Magda Olivero
Anita Cerquetti
Leyla Gencer
Adami Corradetti Participant
Fedora Barbieri Participant
Gina Cigna Participant
Gigliola Frazzoni Participant
Carla Gavazzi Participant
Marcella Pobbe Participant
Technical Credits
Jan Schmidt-Garre Director
Gaby Kull-Neujahr Editor
Wedigo von Schultzendorff Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Opera Fanatic
1. Brenner Pass [2:12]
2. Rome. Anita Cerquetti [6:15]
3. Florence. Fedora Barbieri [5:04]
4. Milan. Leyla Gencer [6:37]
5. Marcella Pobbe. First Attempt [:49]
6. Bologna. Gigliola Frazzoni [2:59]
7. Padua. Iris Adami Corradetti [6:12]
8. Milan. Giulietta Simionato [5:43]
9. Marcella Pobbe. Second Attempt [2:14]
10. Milan. Magda Olivero [9:10]
11. Milan. Gina Cigna [2:48]
12. Marcella Pobbe. Thrid Attempt [:46]
13. La Voce di Petto - Chest Voice [11:55]
14. Bergamo. Carla Gavazzi [12:04]
15. Stefan Zucker [7:15]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Opera Fanatic
   Start Programme
   Select Chapters
   Subtitles
      English
      Deutsch
      Français
      Español
      Italiano
      Japanese
      Subtitles Off
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