Opera on DVD: Documentaries
 
Opera-related documentary films listed by title

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ABSOLUTE WILSON
This film “chronicles the epic life, times and creative genius of Robert Wilson, intimately revealing for the first time one of the most controversial and rule-breaking artists of our era”
Director: Katharina Otto-Bernstein
(2006) New Yorker Video

AMATO: A Love Affair with Opera
Director: Stephen Ives
Featuring: Sally Amato, Tony Amato
(2001)

THE ART OF SINGING: Golden Voices of the Century
(1997) NVC Arts/Warner

BELCANTO: The Tenors of the 78 Era - Part I
(Die Tenöre der Schellackzeit)
Featuring: Enrico Caruso, Beniamino Gigli, Tito Schipa, Richard Tauber, Leo Slezak, Joseph Schmidt
(1997) EuroArts

BELCANTO: The Tenors of the 78 Era - Part II
(Die Tenöre der Schellackzeit)
Featuring: Lauritz Melchior, Helge Rosvaenge, Jussi Björling, John McCormack, Georges Thill, Ivan Kozlovsky
(1997) EuroArts

Tony Palmer’s Film About
BENJAMIN BRITTEN: A Time There Was
Director: Tony Palmer
(1980)

THE GOLDEN RING
Documentary on Georg Solti’s recording of Wagner’s Ring
(1965) Decca

IN THE SHADOW OF THE STARS
A film featuring San Francisco Opera’s comprimarios and chorus members.  Winner of the 1992 Academy Award for Best Documentary feature
Directors: Allie Light, Irving Saraf
(1991)

MAKING OPERA: The Creation of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino
Documents the staging of John Copley’s production in Canada
Featuring: Stefka Evstatieva, Allan Monk, Judith Frost, Ernesto Veronelli, Maurizio Arena
(1998)

MOZART IN TURKEY
Documentary about Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” that includes highlights from the opera filmed in Istanbul
Director: Mick Csaky
Featuring: Yelda Kodalli, Paul Groves, Désirée Rancatore, Peter Rose, Lynton Atkinson, Oliver Tobias, Charles Mackerras
(2003)

OPERA FANATIC
Director: Jan Schmidt-Garre
Featuring: Anita Cerquetti, Iris Adami Corradetti, Leyla Gencer, Fedora Barbieri, Marcella Pobbe, Giulietta Simionato Magda Olivero, Carla Gavazzi, Gina Cigna, Gigliola Frazioni, Stefan Zucker
(1999)

SACRED STAGE: The Mariinsky Theater
Director: Joshua Waltezky
Featuring: Valery Gergiev, Yulia Makhalina, Yevgeny Nikitin, Richard Thomas, George Tsypin
(2005)

Tony Palmer’s Film About
THE SALZBURG FESTIVAL
Director: Tony Palmer
(2006)

SING FASTER: The Stagehands’ Ring Cycle
Behind-the-scenes at the staging of the Ring in San Francisco
Director: Jon Else
(1999)

TOSCA’S KISS (Il Bacio di Tosca)
Documentary checks on the residents of Verdi’s Casa di Riposo for retired musicians in Milan
Director: Daniel Schmid
Featuring: Leonida Bellon, Salvatore Locapo, Giuseppe Manacchini, Giovanni Puligheddu, Sara Scuderi, Giulietta Simionato
(1984)

THE TURANDOT PROJECT
Traces the mounting of the Florence 1997 Turandot production at Beijing’s Forbidden City in 1998 (The performance in China was released on DVD)
Director: Allan Miller - 2000
Featuring: Carlo Allemano, Lando Bartolini, Giovanna Casolla, Barbara Frittoli, Cristina Gallardo Domas, Barbara Hendricks, Sergej Larin, Zubin Mehta, Audrey Stottler, Sharon Sweet, Yimou Zhang
(2000)

VERDI: The Pursuit and Burden of Success
Director: Barrie Gavin
Featuring: Josephine Barstow, Dennis O'Neill, Bob Peck, Juliet Stevenson, Richard van Allan
(1994)