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Jose Van Dam, Singer & Teacher - A Film By Jean-Francois Jung

Van Dam,Jose
Release Date: 07/12/2011 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 9909041  
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniWolfgang Amadeus MozartRichard StraussGabriel Fauré,   ... 
Performer:  Hélène PerraguinVincent Le TexierJosé van DamJean-Louis Soumagnas
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 49 Mins. 

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This film speaks of a time when opera was looking for new foundations. Vilified as the embodiment of bourgeois art in the 1970s and 1980s, caught in a spiral of luxurious productions which neglected its theatrical dimension, the genre had need of powerful personalities in those years in order to negotiate a turning point in its history. Singers like José Van Dam and Ruggero Raimondi, directors like Patrice Chéreau, conductors like Giuseppe Sinopoli and Pierre Boulez were to give it the boost it needed. It also required a renewal of its repertoire, fertile projects like the Opéra Bastille, ambitious administrators like Gérard Mortier in Brussels, to set out to conquer new audiences. An undisputed star, anointed by Read more Herbert von Karajan with whom he appeared in and recorded several now legendary productions (Mozart, Debussy, Verdi, among others), sought after by the most eminent conductors, such as Sir Georg Solti, and the most prestigious opera houses, José Van Dam was a key figure in this revival of the operatic art. His simple and direct personality, without any of the defects which turn even the finest artists into glamorous figureheads, his professionalism and his outstanding voice have made him a Belgian national treasure and earned him a place among the greatest baritones of the twentieth century.

A movie proposed by François Manceaux & Olivier Bernager.
Directed by Jean-François Jung.

Florence Bonnafou - Mezzo-soprano
Renaud Drouot - Baritone
Caroline Fevre - Mezzo-soprano
Marie-Paule Fayt - Soprano
Jean-Louis Soumagnas - Baritone, Philippe II
Vincent Le Texier - Baritone, Golaud
José van Dam - Baritone, Jokanaan
Hélène Perraguin - Mezzo-soprano, Mélisande

1 DVD - 1h 49mn
NTSC, Format 4/3
All zones
English + German subtitles
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Works on This Recording

Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non più andrai farfallone amoroso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 8, Allerseelen by Richard Strauss
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Les berceaux, Op. 23 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; France 
Pelléas et Mélisande: Excerpt(s) by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Hélène Perraguin (Soprano), Vincent Le Texier (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893-1902; France 
Salome, Op. 54: Excerpt(s) by Richard Strauss
Performer:  José van Dam (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Don Carlos: Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jean-Louis Soumagnas (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Work(s) by Various
Performer:  José van Dam (Bass Baritone)

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