Filmmaker Milos Forman Directs His First Opera

Classic Arts News   Filmmaker Milos Forman Directs His First Opera
Milos Forman, the Czech-born American filmmaker who won Academy Awards for Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, is turning his hand to opera for the first time.

He has returned to Prague with his adult twin sons, Petr and Matej, to direct the jazz opera A Walk Worthwhile at the Narodn‹ divadlo (Czech National Theater), one of the country's most prestigious. Opening night is this Sunday, April 22.

"I never did an opera on a stage. Filmmaking is a piece of cake compared to theater," The Associated Press quotes the 75-year-old director as saying at a press conference yesterday in the Czech capital.

The work itself is familiar to Forman, at least: he saw the piece, written by Jir‹ Suchy and Jir‹ Slitr, during its initial run in Prague in the 1960s and directed a television version of it in 1966, according to the AP.

Among the other well-known films by Forman, who came to the U.S. in 1968, are Ragtime, Hair and The People vs. Larry Flynt.

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