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Opera on Screen

In Search of Mozart

Aug 20 & 23
This film traces the composer’s life through his music and extensive correspondence.  The music takes centre stage with over 80 works featured, revealing striking parallels between the music and Mozart’s own experiences.  Mozart’s letters reveal an extraordinary personal voice, which rings out on an engaging, human level, full of joy, passion, pain, humour and sensitivity.  With rigorous analysis from experts such as Jonathan Miller, Cliff Eisen, Nicholas Till, and Bayan Northcott, a new, vivid impression of Mozart emerges, dispelling the many common myths about his genius.
“Outstanding… a must see film” – Chicago Sun Times
(Phil Grabsky, 2006, UK, 2:09, NR)

La Cenerentola: Opera National de Paris

Sept 10 & 13
“Before the carnival is over, all Rome will love my Cinderella…” Thus spoke Rossini in 1817, in the aftermath of the disastrous opening night, firmly convinced that his pumpkin would be transformed into a sumptuous carriage. The future was to prove him right. However, in moving from Perrault’s tale to the opera, the humble servant who dreams of going to the ball has lost all her magical attributes: here there is no fairy godmother to transform mice into horses, rats into coachmen and lizards into footmen with a wave of her wand. And it is not a fur slipper but a bracelet that the beauty leaves behind for her prince, quite deliberately, challenging him to find her again. The Enlightenment had lit its fires throughout Europe and La Cenerentola focused on the burning issues of the day, confronting social divisions to reveal the crinoline beneath the rags. Guillaume Gallienne, member of the Comédie-Française, stages his first opera. 
Don Ramiro        Juan José De León
Dandini               Alessio Arduini
Don Magnífico   Maurizio Muraro
Clorinda             Chiara Skerath
Tisbe                  Isabelle Druet
Angelina            Teresa Iervolino
Alidoro               Roberto Tagliavini


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