Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Sarah Caldwell (1924 - 2006)

Sarah Caldwell, one of America's most adventurous conductors and opera directors, has died. (Her New York Times obit can be found here.)

Recently, I had the chance to see documentary filmmmaker Richard Leecock screen Lulu in Berlin. At that screening, Leecock paired his Louise Brooks documentary with an unreleased work-in-progress about Sarah Caldwell, and her efforts to stage an opera in Russia. During the question and answer session following the films, Leecock recounted how he had worked with Caldwell on a staging of Alban Berg's opera, Lulu, in Chicago. (This took place in 1968.) Leecock shot a short cinematic passage, as called for in Berg's notes for the opera, with Edie Sedgwick playing Lulu!

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