American Indie – DocumentaryWorld PremiereTHE MAKING OF GREAT VOICES SING JOHN DENVER, Kenneth ShapiroUSA / 2013 / 89 min / DCP / EnglishJohn Denver and opera fans alike have something to look forward to this summer. Legendary music producer, Milt Okun along with composer Lee Holdridge are bringing some of the most famous names in opera to John Denver’s famous hit songs: “Great Voices Sing John Denver”. It was Milt Okun’s wife Rosemary Okun’s idea to have opera singers sing some of John’s greatest hits.
Kenneth Shapiro's film goes behind the scenes to discover why each artist chose the song that they sing and what John Denver's music did to each artist. He even captures the essence of their actual recording sessions.
There was no question in Milt’s mind that in order to get the ball rolling he needed the good graces and support of Plácido Domingo. “The instant I mentioned the idea to Plácido, he said yes.” Milt says, “He and John had such a warm relationship. I remember the time when we were recording ‘Perhaps Love’ in 1981 with such fondness. They hit it off immediately and just loved working together.”
Elisa Justice, who co-produced the album worked closely with the agents in getting the singers that were requested on board, while coordinating their schedules to get them in the studio. Elisa also brought in singers that had not been thought of, adding enormous variety to the project.
With Plácido leading the way, the CD was bound to have any singer that they wanted. The result is a wonderful album comprised of opera stars of all voices and several generations. _Screenplay: Kennth Shapiro / Producers: Elisa Justice, Kenneth Shapiro, Mark Shimmel, Milton Okun, Peter Primont, Rosemary Okun / Cinematographer: Matt Bass / Editor: David W. Foster / Composer: Lee Holdridge / Featuring: Placido Domingo, Placido Domingo, Jr, Barbara Padilla, Daniel Montenegro, Daniella de Niese, Denyce Graves, Dolora Zajick, Matthew Polenzani, Patricia Racette, Nathan Gunn, Rene Pape, Rod Gilfry, Shenyang Shenyang / Contact: Kenneth Shapiro email@example.com http://greatvoicessingjd.com @SingJohnDenver facebook.com/GreatVoicesSingJohnDenver
THE DIRECTOR: One of today’s most multitalented producer/directors, Kenneth Shapiro possesses a diverse background. Kenneth is in post-production for a new opera called Dulce Rosa based on a short story by Isabel Allende and conducted by Plácido Domingo. His credits include an impressive cross section of programs such as LIVE-AID, The Academy Awards, The Grammy Awards, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Hope for Haiti, as well as serving as a director for five years on the number-one CBS hit comedy series, Everybody Loves Raymond
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