Distant Harmony: Pavarotti in China (1986)

Genres - Music, Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Sociology  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

This is a filmed record of Luciano Pavarotti's first trip to China. As a climax to several touristy sequences, Pavarotti performs at his near-peak in the Great Hall (he even shows up on time; take note, American opera fans). Beyond the music, the film is a textbook of "culture clash" vignettes. Along the way, however, we also see that those clashing cultures have quite a few things in common. Distant Harmony: Pavarotti in China is not as deep or meaningful as the Isaac Stern documentary From Mao to Mozart, but Pavarotti's charisma gets us over the rough spots.



China, concert-tours, Italy, opera-singer