The Understudy

THE UNDERSTUDY is about young New Zealand tenor Simon O'Neill as he prepares to understudy one of the world's greatest ever opera singers.

Simon has to learn the ropes from Opera legend Placido Domingo in a series of performances of Wagner's Die Walk├╝re at the home of America's most revered opera company, The Metropolitan Opera.

Cameras follow Simon through the highs and lows of being thrust in one of the most demanding operatic environments. His resilience will be put to the test through weeks upon weeks of arduous training.