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Opera Fanatic

Opera Fanatic

A journey into the guts of the Italian opera of the fifties. Stefan Zucker, the "world's highest tenor", an eccentric opera fanatic from New York, visits the opera divas of his childhood: Magda Olivero, Anita Cerquetti, Giulietta Simonato, Leyla Gencer ... The journey from diva to diva, from apartment to apartment, from Rome via Florence, Bologna, Padua and Bergamo to the Scala in Milan turns into an opera road movie. "Today personality doesn't exist. Either they don't know what it is, or they don't have the courage. 'I understand what you're saying', pupils tell me, 'but I don't know how to do it' ". (Giulietta Simionato) "If one just sings, without putting in any heart or soul, it remains just beautiful singing, and not a soul that sings." (Magda Olivero) "We live in the age of Barbie Doll opera - singers who move well and look good but express little." (Stefan Zucker)


Jan Schmidt-Garre studied Philosophy and Film in Munich. Active as a director and producer, his award-winning films include: CELIBIDACHE, BRUCKNER’S DECISION, BELCANTO – THE TENORS OF THE 78 ERA (13 parts), OPERA FANATIC, AIDA'S BROTHERS & SISTERS, BOUND, FURTWÄNGLER’S LOVE, THIS NOT THAT – THE ARTIST JOHN BALDESSARI, SOPHIA – BIOGRAPHY OF A VIOLIN CONCERTO, LONG SHOT CLOSE UP – ANDREAS GURSKY, CHOPIN AT THE OPERA, and BREATH OF THE GODS.

Director Jan Schmidt-Garre
Cinematography Wedigo von Schultzendorff
Gabi Kull-Neujahr
Giuseppe Verdi, Mascagni, Cilea, Puccini
Producer Jan Schmidt-Garre
Production Company PARS Media/Munich
Length 96 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English/Italian
Subtitled Versions German, English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 99: Forum/New German Films, Munich 99: Documentary Film Festival: FFA-Award, Golden Prague 99: Czech Crystal
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg

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