Opera Fanatic

Opera Fanatic

Director: Jan Schmidt-Garre Cast: Stefan Zucker, Giulietta Simionato

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Opera Fanatic

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2008
UPC: 0807280181395
Original Release: 2000
Rating: NR
Source: Arthaus Musik
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Letterbox]
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 82,390

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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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