Opera is not only an art form, but also an international business. It gives work and labour to many people, not only to great artists.
But who controls this business on an international level? Who earns? Who looses? Who are the big decision makers? What role do record companies and the media play?
This film shows the status quo in the international opera business: A behind the scenes look at the Salzburg Festival, interviews with artists, managers, and opera creators that give an up-to-date insight into the driving force of the production of opera of our times.
Protagonists like Susan Graham, Simon Rattle, Gustav Kuhn, and record managers and media / press people (e.g. Peter Alward, Tom Graham, Norman Lebrecht, Ioan Holender, etc.) tell their experiences in interviews. Opera clips and archive material help to make the viewer understand the historical development of the business of opera in the second half of the 20th century.