Opera, also known as Terror at the Opera, is a 1987 Italian giallo horror film written and directed by Dario Argento and starring Cristina Marsillach, Urbano Barberini and Ian Charleson. The film's score was composed by Brian Eno and Claudio Simonetti. The film was released in the United States under the title Terror at the Opera. The film was one of Argento's most commercially successful films, seeing 1,363,912 ticket sales in his native country of Italy. This is the second Dario Argento's horror film to have THX audio certified and picture quality.
The film centers around young, insecure opera singer Betty (Cristina Marsillach). After the lead in Verdi's Macbeth is injured in a car accident, Betty is reluctantly thrust into the role in the opera. During her first performance, a murder takes place in one of the opera boxes. Mysterious murders continue throughout the film as Betty is stalked and those around her meet their unfortunate end. The killer binds and places tape under Betty's eyelids with needles attached so she is unable to blink, and therefore forced to watch as the murders take place. Meanwhile, Betty continues to have frightening dreams involving a masked person and her mother. During the final performance of the opera the killer is revealed, and Betty must confront her past in a terrifying climax.
Title Performer/Composer Publisher
- "White Dakeness"
- "From the Beginning"
Brian Eno and Roger Eno By Arrangement with Opal Ltd, London
Claudio Simonetti By Arrangement with BMG Ariola-Walkman SRL
- "Opera Theme"
- "Black Notes"
Bill Wyman and Terry Taylor By Arrangement with Ripple Music Ltd.
- "Knights of the Night"
- "Steel Grave"
Steel Grave a.k.a. Gow By Arrangement with Franton Music/Walkman SRL
- "No Escape"
Norden Light By Arrangement with Sonet
- "Lady Macbeth ("Vieni t'afretta")
From opera "Macbeth". Composed by Giuseppe Verdi. Performed by Maria Callas. By Arrangement with Fonit Cetra
- "Casta Diva"
From "Norma". Composed by Vincenzo Bellini. Performed by Maria Callas. By Arrangement with Fonit Cetra
- "Amami Alfredo"
- "Sempre libera"
From "La Traviata". Composed by Giuseppe Verdi. Performed by Maria Callas. By Arrangement with Fonit Cetra
- "Un bel dì vedremo"
From "Madama Butterfly". Composed by Giacomo Puccini. Performed by Mirella Freni. By Arrangement with PolyGram (as Poligram)
- "Macbeth" (excerpt)
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi. Performed by Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz (as Elisabetta Norberg Schulz) soprano, Paola Leolini Soprano, Andrea Piccinni (as Andrea Piccini) Tenor, Michele Pertusi Baritone, with "Arturo Toscanini" Symphonic Orchestra of Emilia and Romagna. Recorded at the Elite Studio of Sermide (MN)
- Cristina Marsillach as Betty
- Ian Charleson as Marco
- Urbano Barberini as Inspector Alan Santini
- Daria Nicolodi as Mira
- Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni as Giulia
- Antonella Vitale as Marion
- William McNamara as Stefano
- Barbara Cupisti as Signora Albertini
The theater to which refers the movie is the Parma Opera House.
Critical reception Edit
Opera currently has an approval rating of 83% on movie review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on twelve reviews. AllMovie called the film "a decent, fairly typical Argento film that is worth watching primarily for its above-average murder sequences."