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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.


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Dario Argento (screenplay)
Dario Argento (story)
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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 »
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  (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)
Elisabetta Norberg Schultz .... performer: soprano, Macbeth Arias
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

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Terror at the Opera" - USA (alternative title)
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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:18 (TV premiere) (1992) (heavily cut) | 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:Not Rated (uncut) | West Germany:18 (video rating) (1988) (heavily cut)

Did You Know?

Vanessa Redgrave was attached to appear as Mara Czekova, but dropped out shortly before production began. The role was then reduced to a minor one.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During the chase in Betty's apartment, as the killer runs POV through the house the camera tilts back and forth showing for a brief second the top of the set in Betty's room and the space above it. Also, while exiting the bedroom, lighting equipment is visible on the left side of the frame.See more »
Marco:I think it's unwise to use movies as a guide for reality. Don't you Inspector?
Inspector Alan Santini:Depends what you mean by reality.
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Movie Connections:
Version of The Phantom of the Opera (1990) (TV)See more »
White DakenessSee more »


What are the differences between the International Export Version and the Original Uncensored Version?
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
I just want to say, I f**king love this film, 11 September 2014
Author: willson_x from MINN.

Usually I float over titles I see on this website and let it be as karma to the film, or whatever, but this one seems to have a bad rep that I intend on redeeming. This film is worth me putting my foot in the door and saying something, I can't physically change your mind, but I can try and push the bad reviewers out of sight (by finding out where they live, kidnapping them with 3 rolls of duct tape per body, some heavy duty garden rope, and dropping them off the shortest peak of Mt Everest.) Some reviews say it's just a film that panders to gore hounds, where others say the story makes not a blip of sense. I recently watched another Italian horror director's (Lucio Fulci)film "House By The Cemetery", and I realised something about the whole genre of Italian Horror, whether it be very grounded Giallo types, or the supernaturally dream like horrors that feel like a hallucination. They're films that go for a "definite feeling", how they get there at the end, however unorthodox or off the wall they are, they achieve dread through little quirks and symbols, artistic motifs, camera shots, music that is genuinely saddening and horrifying. But whatever criticisms you might have about the acting, the strange, unrealistic script, the gore... you get "there". It creeps up your skin. It goes for a densely packed experience, filled with all kinds of dreams, fashion, themes and nightmares. On a documentary about Italian Horror films, it said something very important about the cultural significance of them and it is something that Fulci said: "Violence is an Italian art". There's something about their overbearing, bloody, Roman past, and their highly emotional society, and how even today it is so constricted by religion and class orders, and how this is represented in their horror output as a kind of rebellion. Sure there is worthy Italian comedy, but it's the horror that is done artistically and poignantly, and always in anything gruesome, there is a sense of humour anyway. It seems what they want us to believe is that it comes naturally to them and we should understand that their understanding serves a purpose in the universe.

With "Opera", the setting is that familiar scene of paparazzi, false love, real pain, celebrities, the fans, that cold world where talent, and love for what you do, takes you. Least of all, it's about Guiseppe Verdi's opera- "Macbeth". Actors at odds with their fans, A dark celebration of youth, life imitating art, it could be interpreted many ways, but ultimately I think what's clearest about it is its disdain for celebrity worshiping culture. It's fantastically cynical and has a seething hatred running through it. It's shot like a dream, which is not uncommon for Argento films, but a dream which turns sour for the unsuspecting protagonist who is unsure about the power of her singing talent, but coerced into taking the role of Lady Macbeth. The art direction in this is grey and futuristic looking, everything is the colour of granite, splashed with blue. Every element of the movie is densely layered, the cinematography, the music, the pacing is so tightly packed it's like watching someone get stuck in a black hole where no man has gone before. And that's my last point about this movie and why you should see it... it's a completely original film, an artistic accomplishment in its own right. It's a rebellious statement, it's brutal, it's seductive, it's confidently done, I just hope you read this review before the others and at least give it a chance. Saying it's rebellious has made me realise something: modern horror films are done for the enjoyment of watching them, it's like the makers enjoy it and that carries on, whereas the old films were made by men and women who were fighting in their own small ways, an oppressive society, who enjoyed fear above all else because the horror makes you think, they used their dream like horror as an intellectual and educational tool. This film is still a part of that "Old School". I don't know what to say, maybe my love for this movie is as irrational as the whole Italian horror canon, as the dream-like way in which they shot the films, but as far as going on pure feeling goes, my gut tells me to follow this one, and you should too. Get a creep under your skin, get a view of the world you've not seen, watch this!!

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