Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Piotr Beczala and Daniel Behle... what do they all have in common?
Besides being internationally acclaimed singers, they're all 'vocal athletes' who keep their voices in shape the way sportsmen keep their bodies fit. Most people have no idea how demanding and punishing the profession of opera singer actually is. In this riveting documentary, filmmakers Barbara and Wolfgang Wunderlich – the children of legendary tenor Fritz Wunderlich – have teamed up with Thomas Voigt to examine the physical and psychological hurdles that constantly need to be overcome whe singers want to give their best.
Christoph Marthaler (stage director), Peter Schneider (conductor) – With Robert Dean Smith (Tristan), Robert Holl (King Marke)
Alberto Zedda, Pier Luigi Pizzi – Marco Vinco (Il Conte Asdrubale), Raúl Giménez (Il Cavalier Giocondo) – Teatro Real Madrid
Evelino Pidò, Marco Arturo Marelli – Natalie Dessay (Amina), Javier Camarena (Elvino) – Opéra Bastille
Michel Plasson, Benoît Jacquot – Jonas Kaufmann (Werther), Sophie Koch (Charlotte)
2003 St. Petersburg Gala, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the city