George London – Of Gods and Demons


A documentary by Marita Stocker
A Monarda Arts production in collaboration with WDR, supported by George London Foundation and Arthaus Musik


 

George London was one of the most impressive bass-baritones of the postwar era. He sang on the side of Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi and Nicolai Gedda, to name only a few, and captured the audience’s hearts with his distinctive voice and his charismatic stage presence. Way too early he had to stop his singing career due to a vocal chord disease.

The film portrays this exceptional artist in all its diversity, shows rare archive footage of his great performances as an opera singer but also as an interpreter of traditional spirituals and operetta. Another important element of the film are interviews with his widow Nora London, with former colleagues, experts and current stars of the opera scene as Neil Shicoff, Catherine Malfitano and Deborah Polaski, who have been taught by George London, supported in their career by the George London Foundation or see themselves as his followers.

 

Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD)

Production

 

Producer: Torsten Bönnhoff, Erwin Stürzer
Executive Producer: Oliver Becker
Directed for Screen by: Marita Stocker
Camera: Tobias Albrecht, Michael Boomers
Sound: Joshua Bühl, Ryan Carroll
Editor: Eva Kohlweyer
Postproduction: Digital Images GmbH
Language: German
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
Running Time: 60 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Year of production: 2011

With Michael Heltau, Waldemar Kmentt, Gottfried Kraus, Nora London, Catherine Malfitano, Deborah Polaski, Neil Shicoff, Hilde Zadek