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Opera is a 1987 Italian giallo film written and directed by Dario Argento. The film stars Cristina Marsillach, Urbano Barberini, and Ian Charleson. Cinematography is done by Ronnie Taylor while Brian Eno and Claudio Simonetti composed the film's score. The film was released in the United States under the title Terror at the Opera.
Argento's 1987 follow-up to Phenomena (retitled Creepers in the United States) centers around a young, unconfident opera singer, Betty (former model Cristina Marsillach). After the lead in Verdis's Macbeth is injured in an auto accident (a broken leg), she is reluctently thrust into a role in the opera and soon, much to her chagrin, she is ultimately coaxed to replace the lead. The antagonist in this film is a police inspector played by Urbano Barberini. What made this particular Argento film (also called Terror at the Opera in the States) unique is the modus operandi of the killer and effective special effects. The killer binds and, in a shocking manner for it's time, circa 1987, places tape under Betty's eyelids with needles attatched so she is unable to blink and therefore forced to watch as the inspector kills her fellow crew members of the opera, but...