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Directors Go to the Opera

by Anne Thompson
March 22, 2011 10:43 AM
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For those who missed Sky Opera Shorts, celebrating six years of Sky Arts' collaboration with the English National Opera, here are three videos whose directors used a popular aria from the 2008/2009 season. The films were aired on Sky Arts in February 2009 in the documentary Opera Shorts: Behind The Scenes, complete with interviews with the directors.

Werner Herzog counterpoints mute Africans with "O Soave Fanciulla" (Oh you vision of beauty) from La Boheme. He said:

"Filming in High Definition in Africa allowed us to juxtapose the traditions of opera with a real innovative setting, the uniqueness of which is hopefully reflected in the final film.”


Music-video director Dougal Wilson turned Rossini's "Largo al Factotum" (Here at your service to do or die) from The Barber of Seville into a silent barbershop film that recalls The Addams Family's Cousin It. Love this.

Brit Sam Taylor Wood (Nowhere Boy) does Pagliacci's "Vesti la Giubba" in a perfectly straightforward way:

[Hat Tip Brain Pickings.]

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