Operatic is a music documentary about the young opera ensemble The Cast. This "opera band" was founded in 2012 in Cologne, and consists of six professional singers from around the world and their pianist. Their goal: to introduce the opera music they love to a wider audience, outside the established classical opera venues.
The film crew followed The Cast for over a year on their German Tour, with concerts in Hamburg, Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, and Bonn, as well as a special concert in Paris.
In order to survive in the competitive opera and classical music industry, this group is taking a new path. The film gives insight into their lives as freelance opera singers, their collaboration in an ensemble, and their inspiration-fuelled journey across Europe.
Ilias Ntais | enchoris
Jorgos Katsimitsoulias | Ilias Ntais
Typography & Animation
Alexander Kersting | Stereokompost
Jan Niklas Jansen | Bearcave Studio
Ilias Ntais | Bearcave Studio
Narration & Musical Consulting
Campbell Vertesi | The Cast
Clarinet & Leitmotif
The Cast is a genre-busting opera band pushing the boundaries of the classical music experience. A group of six professional opera singers and a pianist from across the world, they bring the excitement and performance style of pop music to opera for the first time. “We want to involve the audience and to make a concert into a a shared experience,” says soprano Bryn Vertesi. “Our audiences don’t come to sit quietly and listen to us. We love it when they dance along, clap along, and even sing along with us. We want people to be as inspired as we are when we perform.”
A concert with The Cast is a unique experience. Over and over again the audience is surprised and amazed at just how much fun and joy these musicians have with their music. In addition to their solo careers in the classical world, The Cast makes it possible for opera to inspire a much broader audience outside of the traditional classical concert venues and pushes the limits of traditional concert programming. As baritone Till Bleckwedel puts it, “With us, the audience can simply surrender to the music without having to worry about concert etiquette.”