Notes & Reviews:
London was one of the most impressive bass-baritones of the postwar era. He sang alongside Callas, Tebaldi and Gedda (to name only a few), and captured the audience's hearts with his distinctive voice and charismatic presence. He stopped singing very early in his career due to a vocal cord disease. This film portrays this exceptional artist in all his diversity, showing rare archive footage of his great performances as an opera singer and interpreter of traditional spirituals and operetta. The film includes interviews with Widow Nora London, former colleagues, experts and current stars of the opera scene including Shicoff, Malfi tano and Polaski. Bonus material includes more than 90 minutes of previously unreleased archive footage.
It was the first American to sing Boris Godunov at the Bolshoi, the Dutchman in Bayreuth and Mozart at the Salzburg Festival. Awesome in every way, George London was one of the giants of postwar vocal and he was a portrait film. This was signed by Marita Stocker, borrows the name of the biography written by his widow, Nora London, who joins in the memory of, among others, Catherine Malfitano, Neil Shicoff, Hilde Zadek, Deborah Polaski Waldemar Kmentt and also student and provides much of the most substantial to the story. The rest is, as usual in this type of document, a well-deserved eulogy on this occasion but tends to become repetitive. It is a shame, because life and circumstances of the great Canadian bass-baritone gave for more, even your last period, briefly discussed by your doctor, when came the vocal cord paralysis that ended his career in 1967. Indomitable, then assumed executive and taught, and create the foundation that bears his name.
BBC Music Magazine
This documentary includes various filmed excerpts of his roles, capturing his old-fashioned but electrifying characterisations - arguably more realistically than disc, which often exposed a grainy quality in his voice, less apparent in the theatre...Various 'talking heads' including singers Hilde Zadek and Waldemar Kmentt contribute comments, but the performances are the main point, and they're thrilling.
Run Time: 150 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
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- Performer: George London (Bass-Baritone)