George London: Between Gods and Demons

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George London: Between Gods and Demons

The bass-baritone George London was a colossus of the operatic stage. Whether playing god-like figures such as Wagner’s Wotan or demonic characters like Gounod’s Méphistophélès or Mozart’s Don Giovanni, he made an irresistible impact.
 
London retired from the stage in the late 1960s and turned to mentoring young performers. Marita Stocker’s documentary features interviews with singers who benefited from his generosity and wisdom, such as Catherine Malfitano, Deborah Polaski and Neil Shicoff. Harking back to the years following World War II, legendary soprano Hilde Zadek shares memories of his early triumphs at the Vienna State Opera.
 
The film also presents George London in such roles as Wotan, Boris Godunov, Don Giovanni, Méphistophélès and – in an electrifying TV staging of Act II of Tosca – Scarpia. The Roman diva is played by none other than Maria Callas.