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Opera School

Directed by Gudrun Bjerring Parker
Canada, 1952 (documentary, 35 minutes, black and white, English)
Also known as "La classe d'opéra"
Opera School
Image: © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"How a young singer spends three years at the opera school of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, preparing for an operatic career."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Lister Sinclair
Produced by: Guy Glover
Cinematography: Denis Gillson
Music: Louis Applebaum
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada

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Quotes about Opera School

"The film [Opera School] is made with humour and a feeling for character. Both staff and pupils are acutely observed; the script, by a well-known Canadian radio writer, manages to be entertaining as well as informative, and Gudrun Parker (who made Children's Concert handles it with liveliness and skill."
-- Monthly Film Bulletin (source)

"How to make an Opera Star. Does that sound like the kind of film you'd be fascinated by? Me neither. [..] Yet for a non-opera fan, I found myself keenly interested yesterday at the Towne Cinema, when I went to see The Brave Bulls and stayed over to enjoy the National Film Board picture with it, Opera School. [...] It is a documentary, but with the added interest of a dramatic progression—that is, the advance of one pupil through three years at Opera School. It is a documentary, with no narrator. Lister Sinclair's scenario tells its own story as it goes along, never has to nudge us so we know what we're seeing, or to point out a moral. Produced by Guy Glover and directed by Gudrun Parker, Opera School was made here [in Toronto], mostly at the corner of University and College St., where the Royal Conservatory Opera School has its being and, to judge from this film, flourishes mightily."
-- Herbert Whittaker (source)

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