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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 overview, first billed only:
... Karin Anderson
... Zoltan Szanto
Kiri Te Kanawa ... Elisabeth (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
René Kollo ... Tannhäuser (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
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)
... 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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Cita con Venus  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$65,715, 15 November 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,000,348
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In part based on director István Szabó's own experiences of directing Wagner's "Tannhauser" in Paris. 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 treat for classical music lovers.
7 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

A marvelous film that anyone with an interest in classical music will enjoy - be they an opera lover or hater. Excellent bravura performances by Close and Arestrup conjure up a heady mix of artistic temperament, the politics of "The Arts" and great music. It is great fun. The film is exuberantly directed and the pace never lets up. A triumph for Director Victor Szabo.


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