pars media // films // Chopin at the Opera
Music Documentary, 60 min, 2010
Director(s): Jan Schmidt-Garre
DOP: Ralph Netzer
Editor: Gaby Kull-Neujahr
Co-produced by ZDF/3sat, NRK, SVT, VRT, YLE and RB Film
// on DVD
This film shows little known facets of FrĂ©dĂ©ric Chopin. At George Sandâ€™s castle Nohant, artists and experts rehearse and discuss selected compositions. Chopinâ€™s experiences as a passionate opera-fan, an admirer of the female voice and an advocate of Bel Canto, are reflected in the flow, trills and cadences of his music. Katerina Hebelkovaâ€™s voice realises their songful potential. Great Bel Canto artist Vesselina Kasarova brings the sources of Chopin's inspiration to life. Drawing on her own professional experience she highlights Chopinâ€™s influence on opera as a whole.