From Footy to Verdi
In a rare departure from their normal acoustics duties, Patrick, Sam and Tim spent a couple of days providing sound and film services for a short documentary ‘From Footy to Verdi’. The film follows three hardened Chelsea fans as they are taken from the comfort of Stamford Bridge to the unfamiliar surroundings of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The press release continues…
“I said to the lads on the building site, look, I’m going to the opera, and they were like, leave it out!”
So says Harry the Greek, one of three stars of the short film From Footy to Verdi, released today. The brainchild of Opera Holland Park’s General Director Michael Volpe – a life-long Chelsea fan himself – the documentary challenges stereotypes about theatrical art forms, in particular opera, and their audiences. Three old-school Chelsea fans in their 50s, two of whom could scarcely imagine a more alien world than classical music, were taken on a journey to discover opera, and their reactions were filmed every step of the way.
We first meet Adam, Harry and Rob (L to R in the picture) at the pub over a few beers, chatting about their lives and loves – principally football and the music, culture and fashion surrounding it. The film then follows them to a chorus rehearsal at The Royal Opera House, meeting some of the singers, and culminating in a performance of La traviata there. Some remarkable things began to happen to even the most resistant of the group quite early in the journey, as the film reveals. It’s a moving documentary that’s as much about life, friendships and ageing as it is about opera.
View the film here