Finding Eleazar (2004)

Pulling back the curtain of world-class opera, "Finding Eleazar" is an intimate portrait of renowned tenor NEIL SHICOFF as he prepares for the role of a lifetime. The film offers rare ... See full summary »

Director:

Paula Heil Fisher
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Credited cast:
Alexander Edtbauer Alexander Edtbauer ... Himself
Eric Fraade Eric Fraade ... Himself
Dona Granata Dona Granata ... Herself
Avshalon Hodik Avshalon Hodik ... Himself
Ioan Holender Ioan Holender ... Himself
Morgan James ... Himself
Reinhard Kursten Reinhard Kursten ... Himself
Jack Lehman Jack Lehman ... Himself
Sidney Lumet ... Himself
Seiji Ozawa Seiji Ozawa ... Himself
Neil Shicoff Neil Shicoff ... Himself
Vjekoslav Sutej Vjekoslav Sutej ... Himself
Haide Tenner Haide Tenner ... Herself
Robert Tuggle Robert Tuggle ... Himself
Matthias Visser Matthias Visser ... Himself
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Pulling back the curtain of world-class opera, "Finding Eleazar" is an intimate portrait of renowned tenor NEIL SHICOFF as he prepares for the role of a lifetime. The film offers rare access to studio recordings, rehearsal rooms, and tense late-night creative sessions as Shicoff confronts the complex role of Eléazar in the French opera "La Juive" ("The Jewess"). Written by Fromental Halevy in 1835, the opera is being revived today for the first time since the Nazis banned it in 1936 for its timeless message about intolerance and fanaticism. The role transforms Shicoff as he moves from starring in a music video of the opera's famous "Rachel" aria, directed by film icon SIDNEY LUMET, to a live performance at the Vienna State Opera. Shicoff is forced to face his sown religion, his personal angst, his mortality. He becomes the character and Eleazar becomes Shicoff as he translates his "nervosity" into a message of compassion that reaches far beyond himself. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Documentary

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Country:

Austria | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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