Release date: 12/16/2010
San Francisco Opera's La Bohème, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor and The Elixir of Love Come to Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, January-May 2011
New titles in San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Seriesin HD begin January 11 & 15 with Puccini’s La Bohème conducted by Nicola Luisotti and starring soprano Angela Gheorghiu and Tenor Piotr Beczala
SAN FRANCISCO (December 16, 2010) – San Francisco Opera partners with Sundance Cinemas to present HD screenings of the Company’s acclaimed productions of Puccini’s La Bohème and Tosca as well as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and The Elixir of Love at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco. The monthly Tuesday evening (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday matinee (10 a.m.) screenings begin in January with La Bohème and continue through May 2011. All operas were recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House. These screenings mark the second series of San Francisco Opera’s cinema presentations to be shown at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, following a highly successful run of four titles in 2010.
The series begins on January 11 and 15 with La Bohème, Giacomo Puccini’s exceedingly popular opera that tells the moving tale of starving artists falling in and out of love in 19th-century Paris. A seamless mix of romantic passion, poignant tragedy and high spirited fun, this opera boasts an outstanding cast featuring superstar Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu as the ill-fated Mimì and Polish tenor Piotr Beczala as her lover, the poet Rodolfo. Baritone Quinn Kelsey sings the role of Marcello and Musetta, his flirtatious and fickle lover, is sung by soprano Norah Amsellem. Bass Oren Gradus sings Colline, baritone Brian Leerhuber is Schaunard and bass Dale Travis sings the dual roles of Benoit and Alcindoro. Nicola Luisotti, San Francisco Opera’s music director and master of the Italian repertoire, conducts this beautiful San Francisco Opera production that is directed by Harry Silverstein.
The series continues on February 19 and 22 with Puccini’s Tosca, a fierce melodrama set to magnificent music. This beloved San Francisco Opera production brings to life a tempestuous world of cruelty and deception through the tragic story of Floria Tosca, a beautiful yet volatile singer; Mario Cavaradossi, the idealistic painter that she loves; and Baron Scarpia, an amoral police chief who uses his power to satisfy his lecherous appetite. Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka appears in the title role opposite tenor Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi and baritone Lado Ataneli as Baron Scarpia. Italian conductor Marco Armiliato leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and Jose Maria Condemi directs.
Lucia di Lammermoor, Gaetano Donizetti’s famed saga of a woman driven mad by her arranged marriage is presented on March 22 and 26. The production features celebrated French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay, whose vocal agility and dramatic charisma have established her as one of the role’s foremost interpreters. Tenor Giuseppe Filianoti is Lucia’s beloved Edgardo and baritone Gabriele Viviani is her brother, Lord Enrico Ashton. The striking Teatro del Maggio Musicale production, conceived by Graham Vick, is led by French conductor Jean-Yves Ossonce.
The series concludes on May 10 and 14 with Gaetano Donizetti’s boisterous comedy The Elixir of Love. A flirtatious tale of innocent love and boundless devotion, the opera tells the story of the shy, love-struck Nemorino as he naïvely relies on a “love potion” to help him win the heart of the beautiful Adina. Stunning Albanian soprano Inva Mula and internationally renowned Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas headline a brilliant cast. Director James Robinson ingeniously updates this classic Italian tale to the delightful innocence of a Napa Valley county fair circa 1915, and Bruno Campanella conducts.
Recorded live in high definition at San Francisco’s historic War Memorial Opera House, all shows include English subtitles and a brief intermission with behind the scenes interviews. All performances feature the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Chorus (Ian Robertson, Chorus Director). Please see attached calendar for a complete schedule and screening information.
San Francisco Opera’s education department presents free, informative 25 minute pre-screening lectures prior to each Saturday matinee performance. Lectures begin at 9:30 a.m. inside the theater and will be presented at La Bohème (January 15), Lucia di Lammermoor (March 26) and The Elixir of Love (May 14) by music educator Alexandra Amati-Camperi. The speaker for the February 19 screening of Tosca will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Seriesat the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas are priced at $13 for adults and $11 for seniors for the Tuesday evening screenings; and $11 for adults and seniors and $9.25 for children for the Saturday matinee screenings. Tuesday screenings are available only for patrons age 21 and over; light food, snacks and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at the Sundance bistro and bar and may be brought into the theater. Tickets are available via sundancecinemas.com, where patrons may also select seats in advance, and at the Sundance Kabuki Box Office. For more information about Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, visit sundancecinemas.com or call (415) 346-3243.
For more information about San Francisco Opera’s Grand Opera Cinema Series, including additional theaters currently screening the series, and further information and video clips of La Bohème, Tosca
, Lucia di Lammermoor
and The Elixir of Love
, visit sfopera.com/cinemaseries
San Francisco Opera launched its digital cinema series in Spring 2008 with its presentation of La Rondine, Samson and Delilah, Don Giovanni and Madama Butterflyto movie theaters across the country. These operas are now available to theaters and performing arts venues as part of the Company’s Grand Opera Cinema Series, which focuses on distributing San Francisco Opera cinema presentations to arts centers, independent film theaters, universities, and other venues in the western region of the country. In Fall 2010, four new titles including La Bohème, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor and The Elixir of Love were added to the Grand Opera Cinema Series.