Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam is taking a break from the "difficult and unpleasant" process of movie making to direct an opera.

Movie making has become really difficult and unpleasant and everyone has been at me (asking me) to do opera for so long I thought maybe it was time

The filmmaker will take charge of The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz in a new production for the English National Opera's (Eno) 201011 season.

And Gilliam is looking forward to the change of genre - as he finds Hollywood so tiresome.

Gilliam says. "If it doesn't work we'll blame Berlioz. It's just my perverse nature. I thought let's do an opera that's seldom been successful.

"I just liked Eno. It seems to be far more relaxed and playful and lessbureaucratic. There's no pretension. I love the idea that it's not an opera house but (started as) a music hall.

"Movie making has become really difficult and unpleasant and everyone has been at me (asking me) to do opera for so long I thought maybe it was time".


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