An intimate and in-depth portrait of one of the world's greatest sopranos, a true primadonna assoluta!
Yves Saint Laurent's garden paradise in Marrakech provides the lush, tropical background for this deep insight into Jessye Norman's professional and private life. Filmed by German film maker Andre Heller this DVD gives a deeply personal and emotional portrait of one of opera and lieder's most respected exponents.
The film also includes 13 specially-staged performances in fantastical settings of her repertoire, of pieces by Mozart, Richard Strauss, Schoenberg, Ravel, Schumann, Mahler, Wagner, Purcell and Schubert and Berg. The performances give a beautiful and unique look at the artistic world of this veryRead more special diva.
Filmed in widescreen, this is the first new Jessye Norman DVD for many years and is significant for being the only programme-length, in-depth interview film of both the public and personal sides of someone with a reputation for being fiercely protective of her privacy.
Amongst many other subjects, Norman discusses her childhood, family, her idols, working relationships with different conductors and directors, how she chooses repertoire, her career path, her political views, relationships, attitudes towards religion, and her aspirations and dreams. The wide range of interview matter, coupled with the striking performances, make this DVD a fascinating, unusual and essential product for all vocal afficionados and certainly for the many fans of Jessye Norman.
The character of JessyeSeptember 8, 2015By Malcolm D. (Los Angeles, CA)See All My Reviews"The program alternates between old performance videos and a long personal interview. While the technical aspects are not of the best quality, as an intellectual portrait the DVD is outstanding."Report Abuse