The production company rocafilm was founded in 2010 by filmmakers Carmen Zimmermann and Roland Horvath to produce videos for operas and plays as well as documentary films.
Their operatic works include productions at the Salzburg Festival (Giulio Cesare, 2012,staged by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier; Marc‑André Dalbavie’s Charlotte Salomon, 2014, staged by Luc Bondy; Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, 2015, staged by Philip Stolz; Die Walküre, 2017, staged by Vera Nemirova), but also Altes Testament at Schauspielhaus in Graz with director Volker Hesse.
They first worked with Damiano Michieletto on his production of La Bohème at the 2012 Salzburg Festival. Later collaborations have included Falstaff and La Cenerentola at the 2013 and 2014 Salzburg Festivals, Idomeneo at the Theater an der Wien in 2013, The Magic Flute (2015) and Aquagranda (2016) at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Rigoletto at the Dutch National Opera (2017), La Damnation de Faust at the Rome Opera (2017).
They work regularly with Claus Guth: Orlando at the Theater an der Wien, Heart Chamber at Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Salomé at Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and Jenůfa at Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
In 2020, they worked on Madama Butterfly at Cologne Opera and with Jürgen Flimm on Schiller’s Don Karlos at Schauspiel in Cologne. In 2021, they worked with Robert Carsen on The Triumph of Time and Truth for the Salzburg Festival and with Damiano Michieletto on La Cenerentola at Semperoper in Dresden.
In 2022, they created the video of The Barber of Seville staged by Rolando Villazón in Salzburg and worked with Claus Guth on Bluthaus at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Il Viaggio, Dante at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Don Carlo at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.
At the Paris Opera: Don Pasquale, 2018; Bérénice, 2018
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