IMDb > Opera (1987)
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Opera (1987) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 8 | slideshow) Videos
Opera -- When a young opera singer takes over the leading role in an avant-garde presentation of Verdi's Macbeth, she triggers the madness of a crazed fan.


User Rating:
7.1/10   8,996 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 1% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Dario Argento (screenplay)
Dario Argento (story)
View company contact information for Opera on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
1 January 1991 (USA) See more »
obsession. murder. madness. See more »
A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Betty is not an entirely normal girl See more (102 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Cristina Marsillach ... Betty

Ian Charleson ... Marco

Urbano Barberini ... Inspector Alan Santini
Daria Nicolodi ... Mira

Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni ... Giulia
Antonella Vitale ... Marion

William McNamara ... Stefano
Barbara Cupisti ... Signora Albertini
Antonino Iuorio ... Baddini (as Antonio Juorio)
Carola Stagnaro ... Alma's mother
Francesca Cassola ... Alma
Maurizio Garrone ... Maurizio, the raven trainer
Cristina Giachino ... Maria, the assistant director
György Gyõriványi ... Miro
Bjorn Hammer ... Cop #1
Peter Pitsch ... Mara Czekova's assistant
Sebastiano Somma ... Cop #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz ... Lady Macbeth (soprano) (singing voice)
Michele Pertusi ... Macbeth (bass) (singing voice)

Dario Argento ... Narrator (Italian version) (voice) (uncredited)
Michele Soavi ... Inspector Daniele Soave (uncredited)
Karl Zinny ... Worker in the backround (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dario Argento  screenplay
Dario Argento  story
Franco Ferrini 

Produced by
Dario Argento .... producer
Ferdinando Caputo .... executive producer
Mario Cecchi Gori .... co-producer
Vittorio Cecchi Gori .... co-producer
Original Music by
Brian Eno 
Roger Eno 
Steel Grave 
Claudio Simonetti 
Bill Wyman 
Cinematography by
Ronnie Taylor (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
Production Design by
Davide Bassan 
Art Direction by
Gian Maurizio Fercioni  (as Gianmaurizio Fercioni)
Set Decoration by
Valeria Paoloni 
Costume Design by
Lia Francesca Morandini  (as Francesca Lia Morandini)
Makeup Department
Franco Casagni .... makeup artist
Ferdinando Merolla .... hairdresser
Rosario Prestopino .... key makeup artist
Angelo Vannella .... hair stylist
Production Management
Verena Baldeo .... production supervisor
Alessandro Calosci .... production supervisor
Fabrizio Diaz .... unit manager
Olivier Gérard .... unit manager (as Olivier Gerard)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Antonio Gabrielli .... first assistant director
Alessandro Ingargiola .... second assistant director
Michele Soavi .... second unit director
Paolo Zenatello .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gian Maurizio Fercioni .... production designer: opera set (as Gianmaurizio Fercioni)
Maurizio Jacopelli .... property master (as Maurizio Iacopelli)
Renato Lori .... assistant art director
Osvaldo Monaco .... property master
Antonio Tarolla .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... sound editor
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects (as L.M. Anzellotti)
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Giancarlo Laurenzi .... sound mixer
Romano Pampaloni .... dubbing mixer
Robert Rietty .... adr director
Stefano Rossi .... boom operator
Federico Savina .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby Stereo
Special Effects by
Renato Agostini .... special effects designer
Antonio Corridori .... special effects suplier
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects suplier
Massimo Cristofanelli .... special effects technician
Germano Natali .... special effects suplier
Germano Natali .... special effects
Sergio Stivaletti .... animatronics
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto de Franceschi .... clapper loader
Massimo Intoppa .... assistant camera
Maurizio Lucchini .... assistant camera
Enrico Maggi .... camera operator: second unit
Gianfranco Massa .... still photographer
Fernando Massaccesi .... gaffer (as Ferdinando Massaccesi)
Ugo Menegatti .... assistant camera
Roberto Nicosia .... still photographer (as Roberto Nicosia Vinci)
Nicola Pecorini .... Steadicam operator
Ennio Picconi .... key grip
Luca Robecchi .... director of photography: second unit
Antonio Scaramuzza .... camera operator
Renato Tafuri .... director of photography: second unit
Franco Vitale .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Enrica Barbano .... wardrobe assistant
Francesca Grandi .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Piero Bozza .... assistant film editor
Alessandro Gabriele .... assistant film editor
Roberto Priori .... second assistant film editor
Music Department
Paola Leolini .... performer: soprano, Macbeth Arias
Francesco Miracle .... music consultant: lyrical music (as M. Francesco Miracle)
Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz .... performer: soprano, Macbeth Arias (as Elisabetta Norberg Schultz)
Michele Pertusi .... performer: tenor, Macbeth Arias
Andrea Piccini .... performer: baritone, Macbeth Arias
Gianfranco Plenizio .... music consultant: lyrical music (as M. Gianfranco Plenizio)
Giovanni Veneri .... musical director: Parma Theatre Chorus (as M. Giovanni Veneri)
Other crew
Angelo Cavallo .... production secretary
Carlo Du Bois .... accountant
Egle Friggeri .... production secretary
Maurizio Garrone .... animal consultant
Enrico Lucherini .... publicist
Cinzia Malatesta .... script supervisor
Francesco Marras .... production secretary
Barbara Morosetti .... assistant: Sergio Stivaletti
Gianluca Pignatelli .... publicist
Renato Rinaldo .... chief accountant
Paola Rossi .... production secretary
Federica Zappalà .... accountant

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Terror at the Opera" - USA (alternative title)
See more »
Rated R for strong terror and violence, and for a scene of sensuality (heavily cut)
107 min | USA:88 min (edited version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2015) (uncut) | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:R (heavily cut) | USA:NC-17 (original rating) | West Germany:18 (heavily cut) (1988) | West Germany:Not Rated (uncut) (1988)

Did You Know?

Originally, Columbia Pictures intended to release the film theatrically in Germany in 1988 but after the FSK (Official German Censorship) demanded to cut out almost 25 minutes, mostly violence (among others the two scenes with Betty wearing the needles), it was released straight to VHS, even though a theatrical release has already been announced.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During the shootout in Betty's apartment as the masked killer dives out of the way of a shot, and the camera quickly pans after him, a crew member is visible on the right side of the frame, trying to get out of the way.See more »
Betty:I am nothing like my mother. Nothing like her!See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Phantom of the Opera (1988) (TV)See more »
Sempre liberaSee more »


What are the differences between the International Export Version and the Original Uncensored Version?
See more »
32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Betty is not an entirely normal girl, 24 January 2006
Author: sortofsatan from United States

I've noticed that a lot of people are taking Opera to task for the way Betty reacts to the murders. I think they are basing these complaints on how they imagine a "normal" person would react. The thing is...Betty is not a "normal" person, due to traumatic events in her childhood. She has problems way way before the movie ever even starts...and by the end of my opinion...she has become totally unhinged.

---------------------SPOILERS--------------------------------------- You have to keep in mind that when she was a very small child she witnessed her mother's lover commit at least one brutal murder while her sadomasochist mother was getting off watching it.

She was raised by a woman who achieves sexual release tied up watching girls get hacked, slashed, and strangled to death. That does not make for a healthy home life. I think it's pretty easy to conclude that her mother would have employed all sorts of emotional manipulation and negative reinforcement to ensure that her daughter never snitched on her. It is also likely that at her impressionable age, Betty might have been deeply confused by what she saw. Is this just something that adults do, etc.

Betty obviously looks up to her mother...I mean...she's become an opera singer just like her. If mommy likes it it can't be bad, can it...mommy can't be bad, can she? She couldn't tell the police on her mommy or this mysterious hooded fellow she associates with mommy.

Betty has a lot of deep-seated emotional issues. Her mind has for years been trying to block out the memory of what she saw her mother doing...but it keeps coming to the surface, manifesting itself in the form of horrible nightmares, skull-throbbing migraines, a dependence on relaxation techniques, and sexual frigidity She associates brutal violence/bloody death with sex on a subconscious level. There's an inner struggle between the part of Betty that has confused murder/sex and the part of her which believes these things to be wrong.

After she's seen her boyfriend murdered by the hooded man...she calls the police, yet is unwilling to give her name. The part of her that thinks murder is wrong forces her to make the call, but the part that is ambivalent won't allow her to admit personal involvement. The ambivalent part of her takes control before she can go all the way. So she walks away from the phone in the rain...and when she's picked up by the director she's acting surprisingly calm, not as upset as you would think a "normal" person would be...because the part of her that's been blocking stuff since she was a child is trying its damnedest to block the horror of what she's just witnessed.

The state of affairs in her life all contribute to an impasse within Betty's psyche. Her singing career is starting to bear fruit...she's going to be a great opera singer like her mother was. But is she going to become like her mother in all ways? In the darker ways? Or will she be able to make her own path? Add this to the re-emergence of the hooded man murdering everyone around her.

It's not until the hooded man kills Daria Nicolodi's character that Betty really takes an active role in defeating the killer. Here's someone who loves Betty, who's supported her wholeheartedly in her emerging career, who is in fact a maternal figure in Betty's life now since mommy's dead. Imagine how terrible it would be to lose your real mother and then to see the woman who is the closest thing you have to a mother get shot through the eyeball.

I could go on...but I won't. The main gist of what I'm saying is that the character of Betty is a lot more complex than most of the reviewers on here have been willing to acknowledge.

Opera is one of Argento's best...and not just for the visuals alone (although they are truly magnificent) and not just for the inventive murders (although they are). There is a depth here...and attention needs to be paid.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (102 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Opera (1987)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Where can I see this? ivanjeske
The Ending.. lonchaney20
WOW!. . .extremely disappointed. Alexander101
Why was the killer killing??? (spoiler) bigboy15
for Argento fans martyhowe
Can anyone help me... vogue_1985
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage Black Belly of the Tarantula A Bay of Blood The Case of the Scorpion's Tail The Cat o' Nine Tails
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb Italy section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.