The Paris Opera (Documentary DVD)

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The Paris Opera (Documentary DVD)

THE PARIS OPERA is an engaging, behind-the-scenes look at the whirlwind logistics that is needed to put together the breathtaking performances and events at one of the world’s most eminent institution.

Autumn 2015. At the Paris Opera, Ste´phane Lissner is putting the finishing touches to his first press conference as director. Backstage, artists and crew prepare to raise the curtain on a new season with Scho¨nberg’s Moses and Aaron. But the announcement of a strike and arrival of a bull in a supporting role complicate matters.

At the same time, a promising young Russian singer begins at the Opera’s Academy. In the hallways of Opera Bastille, his destiny will cross paths with that of Bryn Terfel, one of the greatest voices of his time. As the season progresses, more and more characters appear, playing out the human comedy in the manner of a documentary Opera.

But this comedy is set against a tragic backdrop when terrorist attacks plunge Paris into mourning. Even though the show must go on at all costs, there is no end of trouble for the new director. Star choreographer Benjamin Millepied jumps ship soon after taking over as director of ballet at Palais Garnier. Preparations for Richard Wagner’s six-hour opera Die Meistersinger reunite the company.

A Documentary by Jean-Stéphane Bron
France, Switzerland / 2016 / Documentary / French with English Subtitles
110 min / DCP 5.1 / 1.85 / Color

        Director: Jean-Stéphane Bron
        Starring: Stéphane Lissner
        Starring: Benjamin Millepied
        Starring: Bryn Terfel
        Starring: Philippe Jordan


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