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Back Home: Through the Stage Door

Back Home: Through the Stage Door is a celebration of the joy of making and performing music together — a joy so many of us have been deprived of during these challenging times. Filmed at San Francisco’s magnificent Herbst Theatre and using classics and lesser known gems of the vocal repertoire as its words and music, the film seeks to capture the many moments, small and large, that comprise opera artists’ lives as they return to creating music together for the stage. Back Home will feature all 2021 Merola young artists as they, too, celebrate a return ‘home’ to the theater and the many precious joys that come with it.

  • David Paul
  • Markus Beam
  • Carrie-Ann Matheson
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Genres:
    Opera, Musical
  • Runtime:
    54 minutes 10 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - David Paul

David Paul is an award-winning director for opera, theater, and film. Born in Germany and based in Brooklyn, his work has been praised by the New York Times and Washington Post for its energy, humor, and emotional depth, and has been seen across four continents in five languages. Recent highlights include projects with LA Opera, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC), the Metropolitan Opera / Juilliard, Washington National Opera, Arizona Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, North Carolina Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera. His film “Dichterliebe: POETLOVE” won several awards at film festivals around the world and streams on the PBS “ALL ARTS” platform. Paul serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School, the Adler Fellowship Program, and the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, and has given master classes in Japan, China, Israel, and across the US. He is also the founder of Top 10 Role Study, an online learning platform focused on learning operatic roles and audition preparation.

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