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We have seen repetiteurs at work, make-up artists applying powders and colours, hairdressers recovering styles of a hundred and twenty-five years back, a youthful orchestra displaying uncanny skill. And at last an audience, motley if hardly equipped for Glyndebourne, is ushered into the theatre and we see part of the finished production [watch and listen -- chapter 13, 38:01-39:44]. This can only whet the appetite for an opera that deals with Washington corruption during the presidency of Ulysses S Grant, distinguished soldier of the Civil War, but administrator soon out of his depth and weathervane only too subject to opposing blasts from the factions of Congress.

A scene from the opera 'Democracy'. DVD screenshot © 2006 Night Flight Productions
A scene from the opera 'Democracy'. DVD screenshot © 2006 Night Flight Productions


Copyright © 21 March 2007 Robert Anderson, London UK


Democracy - The Making of an American Opera

8 37101 27321 3 DVD NTSC 16:9 in 4:3 Stereo NEW RELEASE 42' 2006 Night Flight Productions

Simone Swink, producer/director; Charles Walter, cinematography; Tim Kelly, editor; Claire Lisciandro, editor; Nicole Swink, editor; Rob Montrone, audio mixer; Matthew Shafer, co-producer; Rebecca Ratliff, co-producer

Scott Wheeler (born 1952): Democracy (2006) - documentary film about the making of the opera


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