Opera is a 1987 Italian "giallo" horror film written and directed by Dario Argento. It stars Cristina Marsillach, Urbano Barberini, and Ian Charleson in his final feature film role. Cinematography is done by Ronnie Taylor while Brian Eno and Claudio Simonetti composed the film's score. The film was originally released in the USA under the title Terror at the Opera. The film has gained an underground cult following and is considered by many to be the last of Argento's masterpiece horror films. Opera has received high praise from many critics and was included in the book 100 Greatest Horror Films You've Never Seen.
Betty, a young opera singer, gets her big chance when the previous star of a production of Verdi's Macbeth is run over by a car. Convinced the opera is bad luck she accepts, and becomes the target (in Argento's unmistakable style) of a psychopath - a man she has been dreaming of since childhood. The vicious assailant stalks Betty, capturing her by tying her up and taping pins to her eyelids - so she is forced to watch as he violently murders the people around her. Who is this sadistic killer and why is he targeting young Betty?
by Claudio Simonetti By Arrangement with BMG Ariola-Walkman SRL
by Bill Wyman and Terry Taylor By Arrangement with Ripple Music Ltd.
by The Group Steel Grave By Arrangement with Franton Music/Walkman SRL
by The Group Norden Light By Arrangement with Sonet
from "La Traviata" Composed by Giuseppe Verdi Performed by Maria Callas By Arrangement with Fonit Cetra
(excerpt) Composed by Giuseppe Verdi Performed by Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz (as Elisabetta Norberg Schulz) soprano, Paola Leolini Soprano, Andrea Piccinni (as Andrea Piccini) Tenor, Michele Pertusi Baritone, with "Arturo Toscanini" Symphonic Orchestra of Emilia and Romagna Recorded at the Elite Studio of Sermide (MN)