What is the difference between directing a film or an opera? Internationally known for his work as a film director, William Friedkin explains his approach to stage opera.
In film, a director is free to choose the perspective the camera takes, but how can an opera director stage intimacy, for example? Veteran film director and Academy Award winner William Friedkin, the mastermind behind THE EXORCIST or THE FRENCH CONNECTION, explains his approach to staging opera, revealing the tricks of stagecraft and lighting, which he uses to guide the audience’s gaze and understanding of Verdi’s Egyptian masterpiece AIDA.
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