Directed by Liselle Mei
Love Opera showcases Brisbane’s world-class Lisa Gasteen National Opera Program (LGNOP) as it prepares a production of Carmen with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Nestled inside Griffith University at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, the Lisa Gasteen National Opera Program was established by renowned Australian soprano Lisa Gasteen AO whose singular qualities as an opera singer have taken her from The Met to Covent Garden and all across Europe.
The documentary, directed by Liselle Mei, includes extensive interviews with Lisa Gasteen; art historian and co-founder of the LGNOP, Nancy Underhill, and internationally acclaimed conductors, Alondra de la Parra, Simone Young AM, and Giovanni Reggioli.
Opera singers featured include Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova, Italian-Brazilian tenor, Thiago Arancam, Paull-Anthony Keightley, Rachel Pines and Morgan England-Jones.
There will be a Q&A with Director Liselle Mei on Friday 19 February 2021 after the screening.
E – Exempt for Classification
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LISELLE MEI – Director of Love Opera
Liselle graduated from New York University’s film program. Her thesis film, Ana: Portrait in Days won the 1st place Wasserman Award at NYU’s First Run Film Festival, the Empire State Award for Best Experimental Short and a Student Academy Award nomination.
Liselle was awarded the Women in Film Award for her series, Lower East Side Stories– screening at New York’s prestigious MOMA and on PBS’s Real NY series WNET/Thirteen. Liselle’s other awards include the Jerome Foundation’s Media Arts Award, a NYFA fellowship in Screenwriting and Urban Artist Initiative award. She was selected for the Berlin Talent Campus, Tribeca All Access, IFP’s No Borders, Pusan’s PPP program and served on the film advisory committee for the New York Foundation of the Arts.
Now Sydney based, Liselle has directed the short films, A Light Touch and Skin (through Screen Australia) and feature documentary, Love Opera. Her writing credits include Seeing Red (winner of the Grand Jury screenplay award at the Asia Pacific Film Festival) and Red Earth– a cross cultural love story set on Queensland’s sugar cane fields.
Urban Artist Initiative Award, New York
Grand Jury Prize, C3 market of Asia Pacific Film Festival
Berlinale Talent Campus selection for emerging filmmakers
IFP market short film finalist
New York Foundation of the Arts fellowship award for screenwriting
Jerome Foundation Media Arts Award
New York Women In Film Finishing Fund Award 27th Asian American
Screenplay Competition finalist Quarter finalist at the 11th Annual Writer’s
Network Screenplay competition National finalist for the Student Academy
Awards Empire State Award for Best Experimental short 1st place
Wasserman Award for best film
NYU First Run Film festival NYU Directing craft Award
A film about incredibly strong, successful and dynamic women. Beautiful cinematography. – Paul Barclay, ABC Broadcaster
This film has heart and depth. Documentary filmmaking at its finest. – Owen Tilbury, Tasmania’s BOFA Film Festival
For anyone who loves opera or wants to have a better understanding of opera. I loved it. Love Opera is full of love! – Caroline Russo, Hush Hush Biz