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Meeting Venus (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | December 1991 (USA)
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A deliciously biting satire about both the world of Grand Opera and United Europe. A Hungarian conductor (Arestrup) attempts to mount a bold new production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Kiri Te Kanawa ...
Elisabeth (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
René Kollo ...
Håkan Hagegård ...
Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Waltraud Meier ...
Venus (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Renate Spingler ...
A young shepherd (Tannhäuser highlights perfomed by) (voice)
Matthias Hölle ...
The Landgrave (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Kim Begley ...
Walther von der Vogelweide (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Robin Leggate ...
Heinrich der Schreiber (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Rodney Macann ...
Biterolf (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Roderick Earle ...
Reinmar von Zweter (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
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Von Schneider
Maïté Nahyr ...
Maria Krawiecki
Victor Poletti ...
Stefano Del Sarto
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A deliciously biting satire about both the world of Grand Opera and United Europe. A Hungarian conductor (Arestrup) attempts to mount a bold new production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" while navigating the snares and pitfalls of artistic egos, rampant nationalism, internal company and union politics, and precarious funding. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cita con Venus  »

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$1,000,348 (USA)
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The director's name, István Szabó, translates as Stephen Tailor, and one running gag in the film is that several people are called this in different languages: Stefan Schneider, Steve Taylor, Stefano Sarto (three of the singers), and Etienne Tailleur (the stage manager). See more »

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Du bis wie eine Blume
(from song cycle "Myrthen, op. 25")
Music by Robert Schumann
Text by Heinrich Heine
Performed by Kiri Te Kanawa soprano, Roger Vignoles piano
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A charming, beautiful picture of an opera production
23 May 2006 | by (Malmö, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie many times now. It covers most of the things that is evident in an opera house and productions. Though some of the sceneries, dramatic situations are slightly exaggerated, I still think it is well achieved attempt to recreate typical scenes of an opera production, love stories, conflicts with opera managers, strikes, problems with orchestral musicians and singers, corrupt non-environmental cooperation sponsors, Paris and Budapest cultural milieus.

But there is some small flaws. Erland Josephson who plays Picabia (General Director of Opera Europa) is a great actor but he doesn't do it all well with his Spanish pronunciation and pronounces Karin in with real Swedish accent. Otherwise he's portraying the role of with absolute perfection.

Glenn Close is simply marvelous as the Swedish soprano and Niels Arestrup as Maestro Szanto is very credible in his role as the conductor.

The music from Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner works as a third character in this movie, same function as the other movie Amadeus (1984) by Milos Forman. I would recommend anyone to see this movie, to simply enjoy it over a nice evening!!


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