When hearing the name Ferzan Ozpetek I immediately think of such charming films as :
Le fate Ignorante, The Ignorant Fairies. Il bagno Turco, Steam: The Turkish Bath. La finestra di Fronte, Facing the window and Cuore Sacro, Sacred Heart and most recent and still doing well Mine Vagante, Loose Cannons.
So hearing the news that Ferzan Ozpetek was spending an excessive amount of time in Naples often at the Maggio Fiorentino Theatre tickled my curiosity ……I was not disappointed, is he producing a new film there ? No, Ozpetek is making his debut as a Director of the great opera Aida Verdi’s masterpiece , it will open its doors on the 28th April 2011, there are still tickets if you are around that part of the world.
Singing the part of Aida will be Hui He and Maria Jose Siri, The king is sung by Roberto Tagliavini and Amneris by Luciana D’Intino and Mariana Pentcheva. This is Ozpeteks first attempt at directing an opera and although I am wishing him well with this new venture ,I hope it will not be the end of his film making days.