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The Bolshoi’s grandiose epic Spartacus has been considered one of the greatest ballets in the Bolshoi repertoire since the 1960s. Yuri Grigorovich’s choreography, depicting the story of a Roman slave’s fight for freedom, fills the Bolshoi stage with dynamic scenes of tension and conflict, and gives full expression to the virility and strength for which Russia’s male dancers are renowned.
The heroic role of Spartacus will be danced by Principal Soloist Mikhail Lobukhin. In 2010, when he was invited from St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre to join the Bolshoi, one of Lobukhin’s earliest roles was that of Spartacus.
Backstage after his performance of Spartacus in 2011, he says, “People asked me why are you going to the Bolshoi? I believe that tonight’s performance gave me the answer to that question. Spartacus is a treasure of the Bolshoi. It is a true ‘male’ ballet and there is no other that is similar. Yuri Grigorovich’s ballets are all completely unique. Tonight’s three hours of dancing were spent living a completely different life, one that is not mine but rather the life of a true hero – Spartacus.”
Aegina, the ballet’s famous temptress, will be danced by prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova. She claims, “The more you work on this ballet the more you understand the genius of Grigorovich. One doesn’t have to put into words what the ballet means. You just have to see it once to understand why people love it so much and why it is still performed to this day.”
That is reason enough to us!
Spartacus: Mikhail Lobukhin Phrygia: Anna Nikulina Aegina: Svetlana Zakharova Crassus: Vladislav Lantratov
This weekend we open our Opera in Cinema Fall-Winter Season with the premiere of Opera Australia’s production of Carmen on Sunday in theaters. Just ahead of the debut, we at Opera in Cinema were curious as to what exactly draws us back, time and time again, to see and hear Carmen.
Rinat Shaham, Israeli-born mezzo, has performed the title role in Carmen all over the world. In an interview with Opera Britannia, Shaham says, “I need to look at my Don José and really see him, form a relationship with him and let our interaction be an impulsive ball-game in each and every show.”
Although in the story, Carmen’s heart belongs to the toreador Escamillo, the intense connection at the center is undeniably between the fiery gypsy cigarette girl, and the incorruptible corporal in the Spanish Civil Guard Don José who holds her captive. In the end, the consequences are tragic and nobody wins.
Perhaps the most riveting element of the opera is that anyone can relate to the story, and in many ways, it evokes very human emotions. Shaham explains, and very simply, that Carmen, “speaks to the masses. The characters are approachable – you know them. The story is one you know from your hometown. You hear about domestic jealousy, violence and death all the time. You believe in fate. You look up to freedom warriors, who live like you would want to live, if you were courageous. You look up to that sex appeal and charisma. I can’t think of a better piece to introduce as opera to a young person these days, especially if it’s well directed and well performed. It’s urgent, it’s alive.”
Dmytro Popov, our Don José of this production tells the Sydney Morning Herald upon preparing for the role, “I don’t have to build anger especially; I have everything in my blood and my body. Every man has had a woman like Carmen.” He also claims, “Rinat is the best Carmen ever,” which leads us to believe that she must evoke the full range of emotions in Don José: from initial neutrality to temptation, from lust and obsession to burning anger and animosity, and then ultimately, sorrow.
Join us in an exciting season-opener for the production that has captivated critics and audiences alike, with an opera as electrifying as the fireworks blazing above the stage, Carmen on Sydney Harbour. Click the link to find theaters near you!
LIVE FROM MILAN AND MOSCOW!
LIVE Performances from La Scala and The Bolshoi Ballet
Emerging Pictures, North America’s largest supplier of alternative content for movie theaters, today announced its Fall-Winter (September through December) 2013 season of “Opera in Cinema” and “Ballet in Cinema” HD presentations, starting on Sunday, September 22, with the Opera Australia production of “Carmen” from Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.
Special live performances from Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre will be season high points. On Sunday, October 20, the Bolshoi production of “Spartacus” will be beamed live from Moscow to audiences across the United States. Similarly, on Saturday, December 7, American audiences will have orchestra seats for La Scala’s Opening Night production of “La Traviata” broadcast live from Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Showing on movie screens in over 300 multiplexes, art houses, museums and performing arts centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, the full Fall-Winter season rolls out as follows:
CARMEN – Sunday, September 22 – Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Australia
RIGOLETTO – Sunday, October 6 – Teatro Antico – Taormina, Italy
SPARTACUS – LIVE FROM MOSCOW – Sunday, October 20 – The Bolshoi Ballet
NABUCCO – Sunday, November 3- Teatro alla Scala
LE CORSAIRE – Sunday, November 17 – The Bolshoi Ballet
LA TRAVIATA – OPENING NIGHT LIVE – Saturday, December 7 – Teatro alla Scala
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – Sunday, December 15 – The Bolshoi Ballet
Depending on city and venue, theatre screening dates and show times may vary across the country. Some venues will shift to “delayed live” to accommodate the significant time zone variations between Moscow and/or Milan and the U.S., e.g. a live 7 p.m. Moscow performance takes place at 11 a.m. in New York and 8 a.m. in Los Angeles.
Emerging Pictures also announced the schedule of Bolshoi Ballet performances for Winter-Spring 2014. All performances will be live from Moscow:
JEWELS – Sunday, January 19 – LIVE FROM MOSCOW
LOST ILLUSIONS – Sunday, February 2 – LIVE FROM MOSCOW
THE GOLDEN AGE – Sunday, March 30 – LIVE FROM MOSCOW
Customers should check www.emergingpictures.com for participating theatres and screening dates, as well as casting and production information, which will be posted as it becomes available.
Emerging Pictures is thrilled to welcome The Majestic Crest of Westwood, California to our network! Designated a cultural historical monument in 2008, the Crest Theatre is a landmark that shines brilliantly against the backdrop of Los Angeles skyscrapers. With its eye-catching marquee and deco-style décor, the Crest Theatre is a sight to be seen. Cast as a cinema treasure, this theatre enlivens the Westwood atmosphere, offering the public an ultimate movie-going experience.
This month, The Majestic Crest opened with Ballet in Cinema’s “The Best of the Bolshoi: A Special Summer Series.” “La Bayadere,” which played Sunday, July 21, kicked off this spectacular summer series with a tale of impossible love between temple dancer, Nikiya, and warrior, Solor, all set in distant, exotic India. Coming up in the series is “La Sylphide,” this Sunday, July 28, and “The Pharaoh’s Daughter” on August 4. So…mark your calendar!
Next month the Majestic Crest will feature Opera in Cinema’s “Summer at La Scala: An Extraordinary Grand Opera Trio,” beginning August 11 with “Carmen.” Filled with passion and lust, “Carmen” is an electrifying opera that will keep you wanting more. “Don Giovanni” follows on August 18th with an internationally renowned cast including the world’s “hottest female opera star”, Anna Netrebko. Last in the series is “Il Trittico,” a beautiful and heart-wrenching opera triptych showcasing three of Puccini’s finest works of Puccini.
Be certain to catch these special performances…and experience The Majestic Crest!
“I adore art…when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.” – Giuseppe Verdi
200 years after his birth, we celebrate the anniversary of one of the most influential composers of operas of the nineteenth century, Giuseppe Verdi. As 2013 marks his bicentennial, the operatic world honors his contributions and achievements with countless performances of his famed works. Italy Magazine informs, “there are more than 360 planned events that are scheduled from New York and Sydney to Milan and Zurich” in honor of this renowned operatic titan. In Bahrain, Verdi’s Rigoletto was performed for the first time this year; and, in Germany, Nabucco, by the Leipzig Opera.
This summer, Opera in Cinema will join in the celebration of Verdi’s bicentennial in the movie theaters across the US presenting a special three-title series— Very Verdi: A 200th Anniversary La Scala Celebration with performances direct from Milan’s renowned opera house, Teatro alla Scala. This acclaimed collection of three works highlights the very inner weavings—heart, soul, and mind—of one of the world’s greatest Italian Romantic composers of all time. Verdi’s Aida unveils an extravagant, passionate tale of love, tragedy, and political intrigue. With an ensemble of over 300 actors, singers, and dancers, director Franco Zeffirelli’s production honors Verdi and his work as a true musical extraordinaire. To celebrate another Verdi masterpiece is Don Carlo. Claimed to be one of Verdi’s most intense and rich compositions, Don Carlo is filled with raw emotional twists and turns—by far, the ultimate drama. La Traviata is the final opera in this exciting summer series. As the lines between morality and love blur, La Traviata is one of the greatest operas ever written. This special dedication to Verdi showcasing some of the best musical compositions, also boasts opera’s greatest voices including Roberto Alagna, Violeta Urmana, Furrcuio Furlanetto, Fiorenza Cedolins, and Angela Gheorghiu. Please join us in becoming a part of this amazing year of celebration and tribute to one of the world’s finest operatic composers!
Emerging Pictures is celebrating Texas as we welcome our two newest venues, the Angelika Film Center of Dallas and Plano to the “Emerging” family! We are excited to pair up with these phenomenal theaters as the Angelika Film Center of Plano was recently nominated for venue of the year by the International Special Events Society; and the Angelika Film Center of Dallas won Reader’s Pick: Best Movie Theater by the Dallas Observer back in 2007.
Opening this coming July with our The Best of the Bolshoi series, both the Angelika Dallas and Plano will introduce audiences to the splendid world of Russian ballet. Mark your calendars for the series opener of La Bayadere on July 21, followed by La Sylphide on July 28, and The Pharaoh’s Daughter on August 4.
These two venues are known by audiences for their wide selection of films ranging from independent to foreign films and now, adding world-class operas and ballets to their roster with our Opera and Ballet in Cinema series. To celebrate the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi, our Opera in Cinema series officially launches in August with “Very Verdi: A 200th Anniversary La Scala Celebration.” Opening the series on August 11, Aida delivers the splendor and majesty of Verdi’s drama staged by legendary director Franco Zeffirelli as an ensemble of over 300 actors, singers, and dancers take the stage. Don Carlo is the ultimate drama starring Ferruccio Furlanetto in his celebrated role as King Philip. Last but not least, La Traviata will conclude the Very Verdi series with a telling tale of what happens when love, wealth, and morality collide with an all-star cast headed by Angela Gheorghiu.
Help us welcome the cities of Dallas and Plano to the Emerging family and Don’t miss out on the Angelika Film Center of Dallas and Plano’s “The Best of the Bolshoi” and “Very Verdi: A 200th Anniversary La Scala Celebration!”
Emerging Pictures welcomes Regency Theatres’ South Coast Village Theatre to the “Emerging” family! Having opened early this month with much fanfare and success, Romeo and Juliet from the Bolshoi Ballet and Kenneth Branagh’s Magic Flute are two examples of the variety of films offered at South Coast Village Theatre. From Hollywood classics to indie films and now our Opera and Ballet in Cinema series, South Coast Village is a one-of-a-kind gem in Santa Ana, Southern California.
Orange County is well-known for its high-caliber dance education organizations and professional companies, as well as its demand for ballet performances. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a hub for classical ballet fans in Orange County, as well as a world-renowned venue for the Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and individual Russian ballet stars. Southland Ballet in Fountain Valley is recognized as one of the best award-winning schools for ballet education in Southern California. Run by Vaganova-trained Salwa Rizkalla, the company hosts gala performances starring world-class Principal Dancers from companies such as American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet.
Kicking off its summer season with an exciting series, the Regency South Coast adds to the ballet wave in Orange County with The Best of the Bolshoi. Balletomanes, you are in for a treat.
La Sylphide, which opens Sunday June 23, will render you speechless, sweeping you from your seat to a small Scottish village with its romantic tale of winged spirits. Transporting you yet again across the globe, The Pharaoh’s Daughter will take your breath away with the elegance and beauty of Egypt in a grandiose production boasting over 200 dancers onstage. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience Regency Theatres’ South Coast Village great summer dance series, The Best of the Bolshoi!
Today, Emerging Pictures is proud to unveil the short film, The Dancer, starring ballet superstar David Hallberg, Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. The film launches him in his role as Ballet in Cinema’s national spokesperson.
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Last Sunday Emerging Cinemas around the United States hosted the domestic theatrical premiere of Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, distributed by Revolver Entertainment. Of those 150 theatres, around twenty-five topped off the event by welcoming Mr. Branagh himself into the auditorium via live webcast from his home in London. Audience members were able to Tweet comments and questions in real time directly to the Oscar-nominated actor and director after the screening. The result was a truly interactive Q&A, one that crossed the Atlantic and all four US time zones.
Below is the full recording of that conversation.
The motto on Plácido Domingo’s website prominently states, “If I rest, I rust.”
It is difficult to match a career, much less a voice, like that of Domingo, who approaches his 142nd role in the operatic canon, which began in 1959 when he was just 18. At 72 years old, Nabucco is a brand new role for Domingo. Performing in London at the Royal Opera House, which Domingo considers a home to him, “having embedded so much history through singing over 200 opera performances of over 20 roles,” the city boasts an ecstatic audience that welcomes him each time with incredible warmth. “I am blessed to have amassed and nurtured an enduring relationship with London and its wonderfully cultivated audience for more than 42 years,” Domingo proudly stated when most recently awarded the prestigious Freedom of the City of London honor.
The world famous tenor comes back to the Royal Opera House to perform for the first-time ever in his illustrious career, the title role as the majestic Nabucco (Nabuchadnezzar). During the heavy rehearsal phase with a limited preparation period of only four to five days, ROH was able to speak to Domingo about his experience. “I feel like a university student again with my approach to this role…always carrying my notes with me everywhere.” He describes the role of Nabucco to be very challenging, physically and psychologically, especially as he takes it on as a baritone. “Nabucco is like two operas”….[the character] is very strong but also he’s insecure in certain moments.”
While urging people to attend the performance with their review of Nabucco, The Independent says, “…[Domingo’s] singing has such expressive beauty that he still commands the stage. When he leads the final chorus after his religious conversion it’s as their father-figure, reborn and benign. ”