David Knight - 23rd Feb 2009

The English National Opera and Sky Arts commissioned three short films for songs performed at the ENO - from Werner Herzog, Sam Taylor-Wood and Dougal Wilson.

And surprise, surprise, Dougal made the one that's a funny, hugely entertaining silent comedy inspired by the fizzing rollercoaster of Largo Al Factotum - the familiar aria from Rossini's The Barber of Seville- featuring our young apprentice hero and a recalcitrant, increasingly monstrous hairball.

It's clearly the one most likely to transmit the glory of opera to anyone who can't tell their Puccini from their Bizet. Pure hairy joy in fact.

David Knight - 23rd Feb 2009

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