Havana Performance Video Nears Completion

Yesterday Dan Friedman completed the rough cut of the video of the Havana performances. This was no easy task. Though I had multiple cameras over two nights, the choice of useable shots was, well… spotty. What can I say? It’s Cuba. In any case, it’s going to look and sound great.

Video editor Dan Friedman edits Havana performance of Cubanacan opera.

Video editor Dan Friedman edits Havana performance of Cubanacan opera.

Speaking of audio… Night Two coming up shortly at the splendid San Francisco Opera media suit where I am doing audio sweetening of the performance film. That means evening out volume, tweaking EQ, and doing other magical stuff which mixer Michael Chen pulls out of his toolbox to make the soundtrack sing. Pun intended.

Michael Chen sweetens Fidel Castro's aria in Cubanacan

Michael Chen sweetens Fidel Castro’s aria in Cubanacan opera.

Here’s some video. A sneak peak behind-the-scenes of last night’s session. Featuring Fidel on the golf course.

The final video, with subtitles, should be out of the oven in ten days or so. Then it goes to various opera companies and presenters who have asked to see it so they can consider re-mounting the show. I have a sales agent who will be pitching it for broadcast rights, here and abroad.

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