4 MUST SEE OPERAS
ONE CINEMA SEASON,
LIVE FROM OPERA DE PARIS
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Opera de Paris: Don Carlo (Live)
Thursday 19th October @ 6.45pm
Politics, religion, history and psychoanalysis are all entwined here, increasingly exacerbating the fears and taboos between the protagonists. Krzysztof Warlikowski strips down a tragedy haunted by ghosts, and places the intimate at the heart of an imaginary fresco truer than history itself. Along with Philippe Jordan, he reveals to the public the very first version of this great five-act opera: the version modified by Verdi himself for the work’s first performance in 1867. Echoing this historic version, the Paris Opera will be scheduling the five-act version of Don Carlo in Italian in 2019.
Opera de Paris: La Bohème (Live)
Tuesday 12th December @ 6.15pm
Composed by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa "Who am I? I'm a poet. What do I do? I write. And how do I live? I live!" – Rodolfo, Act I Is it because Murger had himself lived this way in his youth? No one better described the half-starved, struggling artists than the writer in his Scènes de la Vie de Bohème: artists ready to burn a manuscript to try to keep warm yet,in an era of triumphant bourgeois materialism, dreaming of another existence. Taking up these scenes of Bohemian life, Puccini offers us a heart-breaking love story and some of the most beautiful music in the history of opera in the story of the poet Rodolfo and fragile Mimi. The staging of this new production has been entrusted to Claus Guth who sets the drama in a future devoid of hope in which love and art become the sole means of transcendence.
Opéra de Paris: Boris Godounov (Live)
Thursday 7th June 2018 @ 6.45pm
Adapting this epic poem, Mussorgsky composed a meditation on the solitude of power, a populist drama in which the real protagonist is the Russian people with its burden of eternal suffering. Ivo Van Hove is no stranger to grand political frescos, having previously staged Tragédies Romaines and Kings of War, both based on plays by Shakespeare. This is his first production for the Paris Opera. The production stars Ildar Abdrazakov, "one of the most sought-after young basses in the operatic world" (Vanity Fair) and "one of the most exciting Russian singers to emerge on the international scene in the past decade" (Opera News).
Opéra de Paris: Don Pasquale (Live)
Tuesday 19th June 2018 @ 6.15pm
Performed for the first time at the Paris Opera, the production has been entrusted to Italian director, Damiano Michieletto, who transports us directly to the sincerity and dramatic splendor at the heart of a seemingly light-hearted work. Bass Michele Pertusi sings the title role, joined by tenor Lawrence Brownlee, whose "instrument of great beauty and expression" is "perfectly suited" to the great operas of Donizetti (NPR Music). Nadine Sierra, winner of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, sings as the flirtatious and mischievous Norina.