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The State Opera is a film about the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Director Toni Schmid does a good job in balancing glimpses behind the scenes, interviews with performers, staffand administrators, and a blend of rehearsal and performance, effectively segueing the two. It is all rather a love fest, but fans of the theatre and company will enjoy seeing their heroes (Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros are featured). Current Intendant Niklaus Bachler and his predecessor, the late Sir Peter Jonas, offer amusingly different personal styles in their conversations. Best of all is a forthright violist who says she would hesitate to kiss a brass player for fear of damaging his lips, and the handsome French horn player who goes scarlet and embarrassedly reassures us it’s not the case. What happened next? I am agog! When’s First Dates: The State Opera coming out?

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