December 6 2013 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Thursday, September 5, 2013
OPERA performed in Italian with English subtitles as part of an Australian season is coming to the big screen at the Hawthorne Cinema in Welwyn Garden City this weekend.
With music by Giuseppe Verdi, A Masked Ball opens the Opera Australia Season at Campus West, with two screenings on Saturday, September 7 – at 2pm and 7.30pm.
Prepare to be amazed by a breathtaking new production by La Fura dels Baus, the ingenious company that has staged a powerful version of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust and György Ligeti’s spectacular fantasy Le Grand Macabre.
Innovative director Alex Ollé and designers Alfons Flores and Lluc Castells have created a visually stunning, groundbreaking tale of deception, disguise and fate in a world where the wealthy have all the power and control the populace.
While the benevolent ruler plans a grand masquerade for the pleasure of his subjects, his conspirators are plotting his end.
The traitors, however, will only succeed if they can enlist an ally close to the king.
With its unforgettable melodies and fine balance of romance and tragedy – and one of opera’s greatest love duets – the international collaboration is a first for Opera Australia ahead of seasons in Brussels, Oslo and Buenos Aires.
Acclaimed soprano Tamar Iveri and rising Mexican tenor Diego Torre make their role debuts as Amelia and Gustav III respectively, while the outstanding José Carbó portrays Count Ankarström in his first Verdi opera.
Ollé’s visceral production sets a new benchmark in theatrical innovation and promises to be as mindboggling and daring as it is musically lush.
It is conducted by the Italian composer and conductor Andrea Molino, the artistic director of the World Venice Forum, who conducted Of Mice and Men and Macbeth for Opera Australia.
Tickets for this Event Cinema recorded screening at the Hawthorne Theatre cost £16 standard and £13.60 for children and seniors.
The Opera Australia Season also includes Carmen on Sydney Harbour on Saturday, September 14, Tosca on Thursday, November 28 and Don Pasquale on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
You can watch all four Opera Australia screenings for only £48, a saving of £16.