ZEISS Art Calendar Edition 2015

Opera with a Twist

To produce the 2015 ZEISS Art Calendar, Hollywood photographer Douglas Kirkland teamed up with two of the world's best known opera stars: Cecilia Bartoli and Rolando Villazón. Kirkland shows the Italian mezzo soprano and Mexican tenor in fascinating images which reflect famous opera scenes in an unusual setting.

Streets, squares and buildings in Salzburg, – "Mozart City" – provide the eye-catching backdrop for a totally different perspective on the opera. Connoisseurs may immediately recognize scenes from the works of Bellini, Bizet, Mozart, Rossini or Wagner in the unique images. The photographer has cleverly incorporated allusions to these memorable moments in his work of photographic art.

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Making of ZEISS Art Calendar Edition 2015.

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Interview with the photographer Douglas Kirkland.

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Preview the ZEISS Art Calender Edition 2015.

Douglas Kirkland

The Photographer

During the heyday of magazines in the USA, Douglas Kirkland worked for the greats: Look and Life. Readers were fascinated by his photo essays from foreign lands, and he invented his own style of fashion photography. Above all, he created memorable portraits of a host of stars, such as Marylin Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin, Richard Burton , Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Catherine Deneuve, Romy Schneider, Michael Caine, Matt Dillon, Glenn Close, Barbra Streisand, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

But it was the world of moviemaking that particularly appealed to him. Douglas Kirkland has worked on the sets of over 100 movie productions – participating in many milestones of cinematic history along the way. These include Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Out of Africa, Moulin Rouge and Titanic.

International exhibitions and book projects have made Douglas Kirkland's work accessible to a large audience. This artist and Toronto native has received numerous awards for his work.

Now, for the 2015 ZEISS Art Calendar, Kirkland turns to the world of grand opera. He will stage the story for the next edition of the coveted calendar, featuring two international stars from the operatic stage, in the city of Mozart during the Salzburg Festival 2014.

Further information about Douglas Kirkland

Cecilia Bartoli

The Actress

She has been considered one of the world's leading singers in the world of opera for many years: Cecilia Bartoli. This mezzo soprano is one of the most popular artists in her field. Her solo recordings are among the biggest-selling albums within the category of classical music.

The singer who hails from Rome has received prestigious awards all over the world – including several Grammy (USA) and ECHO Klassik (Germany) accolades. The pillars of her repertoire are operas from Bellini, Händel, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini and Verdi. She also selects work from lesser-known composers for her concert performances and song recordings. Cecilia Bartoli has also been artistic director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival since 2012.

Rolando Villazón

The Actor

Rolando Villazon is one of the most renowned and respected opera singers of our time. The Mexican Tenor has performed on some of the world’s most important stages, such as, the Salzburg Festspiele, the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and the City Opera Houses in Munich, Vienna and Berlin. He is also a celebrated concert singer and has performed in many renowned concert halls around the world. His CDs are all best sellers and have received international prizes.

Rolando Villazon is one of the most versatile artists of our time. His debut novel “Art Pieces” was first published in Spain in 2013 and in France and Germany in 2014. He is a successful opera director and often presents German, French and English TV shows.