The Singing City
Mounting Parsifal at the Stuttgart OperaStreaming Video - 2013
Filmed with rare behind-the-scenes access at Germany's renowned Stuttgart State Opera, this program uses director Calixto Bieito's staging of Wagner's Parsifal to explore the dazzling and complex universe of a major operatic production. The challenges of directing, conducting, rehearsing, and dialect coaching (baritone Gregg Baker, as Amfortas, speaks no German) are all shown in fascinating detail. Viewers also learn about the working lives of craftspeople and stage technicians as they conceive, build, and install a dark cityscape of visually stunning elements-including sets, props, costumes, and the ever-present stage blood that threatens to leak into the orchestra pit. Revealing just how difficult it is to coax a visionary interpretation like Bieito's into concrete and living form, award-winning documentary filmmaker Vadim Jendreyko has crafted his own remarkable story along the way.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c2012
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (52 min.) :,sd., col
Alternative Title: Mounting Parsifal at the Stuttgart Opera