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What opera in 'Hannibal'?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Mike Swannick, Aug 11, 2002.

  1. Mike Swannick

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    During Hannibal, both Lecter & Pazzi (& Mrs. Pazzi) attend the same opera, a short section of which makes up the soundtrack. The same vocal section is also played during the closing credits. Can anyone identify the opera and the writer?

    I've tried searching various websites on the two most likely titles given in the credits but cannot narrow it down to either of them.

    All help appreciated.

    Mike.
     
  2. Ian J

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    I borrowed Hannibal and have just given it back and unfortunately can't remember the opera. Which were the two in the title credits and that might jog my memory.

    On the IMDB database all it quotes under original music is JS Bach Aria Da Capo (Goldberg Variations. It isn't that as Aria Da Capo isn't an opera.
     
  3. Bert Coules

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    Can you describe what was happening on stage in the opera excerpt? That would be a help.

    Bert
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    Vide Cor Meum
    written by Patrick Cassidy
    Performed by Dannielle De Niese and Bruno Lazzaretti

    ;)
     
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    Was written for the film. Does not exist as a completed opera as far as I know.
     
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    Well Bernie Clifton is on stage with a giant ostrich I think
     
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    Wonders will never cease. Cricket and Opera (or did you read that somewhere)
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  8. Mike Swannick

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    Wow, thanks for the response people....

    >>Can you describe what was happening on stage in the opera excerpt? That would be a help.

    Bert
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    You don't actually see the action on stage as such, other than a few ballerina type girls and a cloaked lead figure or two. the music is very distinctive and I think that it's the sort of thing that an opera buff would recognise immediately.

    The opera (their phrase, not mine) is never refered to in the film by title, writer or in the background by way of posters etc and the end credits list only Vide Cor Meum, Gourmet Valse Tartare, Goldberg Variations No. 25 & Aria BWV 988 & Blue Danube.

    My extensive classical knowledge has allowed me discount Blue Danube:D

    The 'Vide Cor Meum', Libretto from Dantes "La Vita Nuova" seemed most likely as it listed a male & female artist performing it (the piece is performed in the film by male & female (+ chorus)) but I've searched the popular places for Vide Cor Meum and it only appears on the Hannibal soundtrack CD. I can't seem to find reference to the work ie "La Vita Nuova" from which the piece seems to originate:confused: other than it may be a piece of poetry by Dante put to music.

    I could buy the soundtrack CD just for the few minutes long version from the film, but I'm sure it is part of a bigger work. Libretto means 'words of an opera'.

    I hope it isn't a track created purely for the film, it doesn't sound like Hans Zimmers' usual style;)

    Hope this helps a little. All answers on an e-post to the usual forum address please folks.
     
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    The supplementary disc on the Hanibal DVD says most derfinitely written for the film.
     
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  11. Bert Coules

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    Mike,

    I had a quick check on rec.music.opera and yes, the piece was written especially for the movie. It's not actually a part of a larger work, though Patrick Cassidy is reportedly expanding it into a complete opera, possibly even as we speak.

    An interesting question for speculation is just why they decided to use an original composition, rather than going with an existing work.

    Bert
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  12. Bert Coules

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    Squirrel God - I just had an email alert, telling me you'd posted to this thread, so naturally I hurried over to read your words of wisdom.

    Nothing! Did you change your mind?

    Bert
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    Well, I'm trying to think who Patrick Cassidy reminds me of...

    [​IMG]

    At first I thought it was John Merrick :D, but now I think he actually looks like an actor .... can't put my finger on who though :rolleyes:
     
  14. Bert Coules

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    He doesn't call any actors to mind, but there's a certain resemblance to Sir Simon Rattle.


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  15. Squirrel God

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    Who? :confused:

    I know who he looks like now! He looks like Johnny Galecki (Darleen's boyfriend in "Roseanne", Ben Affleck's gay office assistant in "Bounce", Peter Brown in "Vanilla Sky" ). :)
     
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    Cassidy looks more like he's (?) post sex re-orientation surgery - is that a breast sitting on his arm:confused: :eek:


    It's not exactly logical to say, but Galecki aint narf changed - filled out face an all.
     
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    I was gonna say something similar, but I thought the comparison to John Merrick was more polite :D

    He has yeah, but he was the spitting image of Cassidy in "Roseanne"
     

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