At first glance, film and opera seem to have little in common: film is relatively young, opera fairly old; film is one of the reproductive media, according to Walter Benjamin, whereas opera is a live-performance artform; film exceeds all the other arts in terms of realism, while opera is the most artificial of them all. Yet on the other hand, it is also said that if Mozart, Wagner or Puccini were alive today, they would probably be film-makers. And in turn, many film-makers are guided by the traditional genre of opera – people such as Lars von Trier, Walt Disney, Federico Fellini and Francis Ford Coppola. Where does this mutual interest on the parts of such contrasting media stem from? Wherein do the precise aesthetic differences and overlaps lie? How can film-makers and opera-makers utilise the means of the respective other genre in order to push the boundaries of their own respective genre? Together with students of film direction at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the Komische Oper Berlin will pursue these questions in theoretical discussions as well as through practical work in the winter semester 2017/18.
The results of this collaboration will be published on our website.Contact
Dr Rainer Simon
Assistant to the Artistic Director
T +49 (0)30 20260 email@example.com