Private Project

Great Voices Sing John Denver

John Denver and opera fans alike have something to look forward to as we go behind the scenes and watch full performances of 'Great Voices Sing John Denver'. Legendary music producer, Milton Okun along with arranger and conductor Lee Holdridge, bring some of the most famous names in opera to sing John Denver's famous hit songs. Featured artists include Placido Domingo, Danielle de Niese, Matthew Polenzani (singing in English and Italian) Patricia Racette, Rene Pape, Nathan Gunn, Dolora Zajick, Thomas Hampson, Rod Gilfry, Denyce Graves, Shenyang (singing in English and Mandarian) Daniel Montenegro, Placido Domingo Jr., Stuart Skelton and Barbara Padilla. Each artist got to select the song they wanted and share with us their reasons

  • Kenneth Shapiro
  • Kenneth Shapiro
  • Milton Okun, Rosemary Okun, Elisa Justice, Kenneth Shapiro
  • Placido Domingo
    Key Cast
  • Danielle de Niese
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Polenzani
    Key Cast
  • Patricia Racette
    Key Cast
  • Rene Pape
    Key Cast
  • Nathan Gunn
    Key Cast
  • Dolora Zajick
    Key Cast
  • Thomas Hampson
    Key Cast
  • Rod Gilfry
    Key Cast
  • Denyce Graves
    Key Cast
  • Shenyang
    Key Cast
  • Daniel Montenegro
    Key Cast
  • Placido Domingo, Jr
    Key Cast
  • Stuart Skelton
    Key Cast
  • Barbara Padilla
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    500,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom, United States
  • Language:
    Chinese, English, Italian
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    United States
    October 25, 2013
    North American Premiere
    WINNER - Jury Award - Spirit of Independents Award
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach, CA
    United States
    April 26, 2014
  • Beverly Hills Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    April 25, 2014
  • Madrid International Film Festival
    July 16, 2014
    International Premiere
    WINNER- Best Producer of a Documentary, WINNER - Best Music in Film
  • Lucerne International Film Festival Showcase Selection
  • Coronado Island FIlm Festival
    Coronado, CA
    United States
    January 17, 2016
  • John Denver Tribute
    Aspen, CO
    United States
    October 14, 2017
  • Sedona International Film Festival
    Sedona, AZ
    United States
    February 26, 2018
    Festival Director Invitation
Director Biography - Kenneth Shapiro

One of today’s most multitalented television producer/directors, Kenneth Shapiro possesses a diverse background spanning more than 30 years and more than a thousand hours of live, tape and film productions. He is currently completing post-production on Dulce Rosa, an original opera conducted by Plácido Domingo based on the short story Revenge by acclaimed writer Isabel Allende.
Shapiro has directed numerous operas for the Los Angeles Opera's Recovering Voices project including Alexander Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg (The Dwarf), Der Zerbrochene Krug (The Broken Jug) and Die Vögel (The Birds). Additionally, Kenneth directs and produces a number of projects for the Los Angeles Opera Education and Community Programs branch including Concierto para Mendez, Figaro’s American Adventure, Tanis in America and The Prospector.
2015 marked Shapiro’s 13th year directing live performances of the L.A. Philharmonic Concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as the Hollywood Bowl and 18th year directing the EMMY Award winning L.A. County Holiday Celebration and his 11th time as producer for the program. His credits include an impressive cross section of programs such as the Academy Awards®, the Grammy Awards®, Stand Up 2 Cancer, America: Tribute to Heroes, AFI Salutes and the American Music Awards®, as well as serving as director for five years on the number-one CBS hit comedy series, Everybody Loves Raymond.
He is a three-time Emmy® winner for his work on the A&E in Concert: Sting – Inside the Songs of Sacred Love, the Academy Awards® and the 54th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration. He has received more than two-dozen nominations including an L.A. Area Emmy® nominations for Live@ The Ford and the 49th, 50th and 51st Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration. He has received five Telly Awards® and an Aurora Award® for producing the national broadcast of L.A. Holiday Celebration.
Well versed in graphic design and state-of-the-art electronic effects, he designed opening montages and design elements for the Academy Awards® and American Music Awards®.

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