The Metropolitan Opera HD Live: Season 3, Episode 12

The Audition (2009)

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An engrossing behind-the-scenes quasi-documentary as 10 hopefuls vie for a spot on the Met's roster.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Barton ...
Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Kiera Duffy ...
Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Michael Fabiano ...
Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Dísella Lárusdóttir ...
Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Ryan McKinny ...
Himself -The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Angela Meade ...
Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Nicholas Pallesen ...
Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Matthew Plenk ...
Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Alek Shrader ...
Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Ryan Smith ...
Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Amber L. Wagner ...
Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ...
Themselves - Orchestra
Marco Armiliato ...
Himself - Conducted by
Jay David Saks ...
Music Producer
Lindsay Ammann ...
Herself - Semi-Finalists
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An engrossing behind-the-scenes quasi-documentary as 10 hopefuls vie for a spot on the Met's roster.

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Una furtiva lagrima
from opera "L'elisir d'amore"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Felice Romani
Performed by Juan Diego Flórez, Riccardo Frizza, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
Courtesy of Deca Music group Limited
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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A terrific film about a tough, tough competition
18 February 2012 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

"The Audition"(2008) was directed Susan Frömke. The movie is a documentary about the weeks preceding the Metropolitan Opera's 2007 National Council Auditions. The film is tension-arousing, because winning the competition is an important step towards an opera career. This competition is prestigious, but it is incredibly intense.

About 1,800 singers enter the competition, and only six are winners. The problem for the judges--and for us watching the movie--is that the 12 finalists are all excellent, experienced singers. They're all great, but only half of them will be winners.

The movie is interesting because the participants are kept busy in the week leading up to the competition. They pick their costumes, have breathing and acting lessons, work with the conductor (Marco Armiliato), and try to establish some sort of group cohesiveness, despite the fact that they are competitors.

As far as I could tell, nothing was staged for the movie--what we see is what was actually taking place. Of course, some of the singers were interviewed in front of the camera, and that was not a natural part of the process. Even so, this was a real documentary. We watched the competition unfold just as it was happening. This is reality--not reality TV.

"The Audition" is a wonderful film and definitely worth seeking out and seeing. We watched it on DVD, and it worked very well. If you like opera, this film is a must. If you're not an opera fan, you will still understand and enjoy the movie. If you hate opera, probably better to pick another film.


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