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Title Wagner in Venice
Director Gianni Di Capua
Time 52 minutes
Festivals and Awards Venezia Film Festival, Bayreuth Festival, Washington DC
The photographic art of Carlo Naya, as preserved in surprisingly beautiful glass negatives, sets the scene for Richard Wagner's Venice. In a recording studio, an actor supplies the voice for Wagner's own narrative of the rediscovered first symphony. In the account written a few weeks before his death in the city on 13 February 1883, the composer describes a performance of the symphony by an orchestra made up of the teachers and students of the Venice Conservatory.