La Scena Musicale

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Live Opera From Europe Begins Screening in North America

by Wah Keung Chan

Right on the heels of the opening of the Met’s Live in HD series last Saturday (October 9, 2010) with Robert Lepage’s new production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, other live opera in the cinema is coming to Canada this week. On October 13 at 2 PM EST, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu’s performance of Bizet’s Carmen will be screening live in Toronto (AMC Yonge and Dundas) and Montreal (AMC Forum), as well as in American cities and around the world. In North America, Emerging Pictures had been screening prerecorded HD European opera for the last three years.

This year, after an one-year absence in Quebec, they have partnered with D Films in Canada to distribute both live and encore opera, theatre and ballet. The October 13th showing is the first of 12 works including the Liceu’s Queen of Spades and Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (live), La Scala’s Das Rheingold and Die Walkure (live) and Royal Opera House’s Macbeth (live). Many of the live presentations will subsequently be repeated as an encore.

Strangely, all of the Live presentations are presented on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon, limiting the North American market to seniors, which does make sense given the demographics of the Met Live in HD.

The Carmen features an international cast including Roberto Alagna as Don José and Béatrice Uria-Monzon as Carmen, Marc Piollet conducting and directed by Calixto Bieito.

Update: Live from La Scala Opening Night - Wagner's Die Walküre
Date: December 7 at 11 AM EDT (Run time: 310 minutes including 2 intermissions)

Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Director: Guy Cassiers

Siegmund: Simon O’Neil
Hunding: John Tomlinson
Wotan: Vitalij Kowaljow
Sieglinde: Waltraud Meier
Brünnhilde: Nina Stemme
Fricka: Ekaterina Gubanova
Gerhilde: Danielle Halbwachs
Ortlinde: Carola Höhn
Waltraute: Yvonne Fuchs
Schwertleite: Anaïk More
Helmwige: Susan Foster
Siegrune: Lean Sandel-Pantaleo
Gringerde: Nicole Piccolomini
Rossweisse: Simone Schröder

NEW Contest
: Readers of La Scena Musicale can win three pairs of passes in Toronto and three pairs of passes in Montreal to the December 7 screening by emailing (name, email and address) with subject line "Die Walkure contest" indicating your city of preference. Deadline: Dec. 6 at noon.


> Trailer:

Roberto Alagna and Béatrice Uria-Monzon in Carmen on Youtube: [duet after flower song] [final scene]


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