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Laundry and Tosca (2004)

Not Rated | | Short | 5 November 2004 (Italy)
The journey toward opera of rare lirico-spinto soprano Marcia Whitehead is used as an investigation of what it means to follow a dream against all odds, and what kind of life it results in.


Lauralee Farrer


Lauralee Farrer





Credited cast:
Franco Iglesias Franco Iglesias ... Himself
Marcia Whitehead Marcia Whitehead ... Herself


For most of her adult life, Marcia Whitehead has lived in a little garage apartment in Southern California and worked a modest-wage job. Like most of us, she lives paycheck to paycheck, and has more debt than savings. And, like most of us, she dreams of an abundant life, beyond the ordinary. Her body is built to sing what is considered by many to be the hardest repertoire in song. When she was first told that she was a rare, lirico-spinto soprano, she was disappointed because she did not care for opera. Nevertheless, she was obedient to what she believed was God's imperative call to develop her talent: for over twenty years, she worked her 9 to 5 during the day, paying for coaches and teachers to train her voice on weekends and nights. Along the way, she learned to love the characters in the operas that were written for her voice: Andrea Chenier, Aida, Manon Lescaut, Adriana Lecouvrer, Tosca. A random acquaintance offered to arrange a hearing by Maestro Franco Iglesias-a ... Written by Lauralee Farrer

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Sometimes just following a dream is enough.




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5 November 2004 (Italy) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »


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$10,000 (estimated)
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Burning Heart Productions See more »
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Well Done!
18 September 2010 | by Becky GilbertSee all my reviews

This film is short, sweet, and frankly inspiring! It is attention-grabbing from the beginning, and it's message is one that never gets stale but just ripens with the telling anew as another individual heeds the call of their true Self. I felt a kinship with Marcia almost immediately-that somehow I had experienced much the same kind of pull towards some destiny of which I could only get a partial glimpse in my present moment of awareness. Her determination and drive to follow her inner voice is an echo from the earliest thought. We are put here, on this Earth, for something far greater than ourselves. And, rather than question ourselves constantly with ego as our guide some of us who are fearless, brave, and courageous simply follow that voice. Marcia is one of those brave few. This film is an homage to all who are willing to break out and follow willingly and with conviction!

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