Friday, August 14, 2009

Top 10 Fridays: Opera in the Movies

Opera story lines are so rich in emotions, with its high highs and low lows. It's no wonder that operas are ripe for the picking in being adapted into movies.

In fact, you may have watched some of these movies without knowing they were based on very famous operas.

So for this week's poll, we'd like to know which one is your favourite contemporary movie inspired by an opera? Tick off your choice(s) on our poll on the right sidebar and we'll post the results next week.

M. Butterfly directed by David Cronenberg and starring Jeremy Irons and John Lone. The 1993 movie is based on Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly. (20% of votes)

First Name: Carmen by Jean-Luc Godard. This 1983 movie is loosely based on Bizet's Carmen. (6% of votes)

Rent, the 2005 movie is based on Giacomo Puccini's La boheme. The movie stars Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin and Taye Diggs. (13% of votes)

Carmen: A Hip Hopera starring Beyonce Knowles, Mos Def, Wyclef Jean, Mekhi Phifer, Lil' Bow Wow. Based on Bizet's Carmen. (6% of votes)

The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh. This 2006 English adaptation film was set during World War I. (26% of votes)

The 1999 movie Topsy-Turvy tells the story about the creation of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. (no votes)

Onegin starring Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler is a 1999 film adaptation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. (no votes)

Tristan and Isolde is based on legend that inspired Wagner's opera of the same name. The 2006 movie stars James Franco and Sophia Myles. (13% of votes)

Lovespell, the 1981 movie starring Richard Burton and Kate Mulgrew (yes, of Star Trek: Voyager fame) also inspired by Wagner's Tristan and Isolde opera. (6% of votes)

2001's Moulin Rouge starred Nicole Kidman and Ewan Mcgregor. Directed by Baz Lurhmann, the movie is based on Giuseppe Verdi's opera La traviata. (60% of votes)

Not to fear - I haven't forgotten all you old time technicolour movie buffs! Classic movies inspired by operas will be featured in a future top 10 post. Stay tuned!

~ Ling Chan

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