Caruso

Sonica 2015

Throughout the troubled production of Fitzcarraldo (1982), a film about a rubber baron who strives to build an opera house deep in the Peruvian jungle, the German filmmaker Werner Herzog kept vivid and shocking diaries which he published years later as the book Conquest of the Useless.

Caruso (Gold is the sweat of the sun), is inspired by Herzog’s initial image which drove him to make the film.

Scored for electric guitar, performed by Fennessy and Pete Dowling, who are accompanied by a ‘choir’ of Caruso gramophone recordings, this is a musical journey both obsessive and healing.