The Garde Arts Center has announced a new World Live Cinema Series, featuring six high-definition digital presentations of live opera, theater and ballet performances by internationally acclaimed companies at the some of the most celebrated stages throughout Europe and Canada.
Patrons can enjoy live-recorded performances at breathtaking venues from around the world on the Garde’s enormous screen, with its unmatched surround sound system. This series offers a comfortable, affordable, high-quality cultural experience—and a lovely way to spend an autumn or winter afternoon.
This afternoon (Sunday, Sept. 23), the series will feature Georges Bizet’s Carmen with Vesselina Kasarova in one of the greatest mezzo roles in the operatic repertoire, and acclaimed young tenor Jonas Kaufmann, recorded live at the Zurich (Switzerland) Opera House under the direction of Matthias Hartmann.
Next up in October is The Festival Euro Mediterraneo production of Giacomo Puccini’s classic story of young Bohemian artists. La Bohème was filmed live on the magnificent outdoor stage of the Ancient Greek Theater of Taormina in Southern Italy overlooking Mount Etna and the picturesque Sicilian coast. Directed by Enrico Castiglione, La Bohème plays on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Living together in a small Parisian garret, Rodolfo writes, Marcello paints, Schaunard composes and Colline philosophizes. When Rodolfo meets the delicate Mimì, he is immediately struck by her beauty. The passionate love of Rodolfo and Mimì struggles to survive the brutal and unforgiving realities of poverty.
For over one hundred years, audiences have shared the hopes, the joys and the passions of these young artists, celebrating the bohemians’ unyielding commitment to seizing each new day with fervor.
On Sunday, Nov. 4, Canada’s Stratford Theater Festival’s thrilling production of Shakespeare’s beloved tale of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet (directed by Scott Wentworth), is captured live on stage with a full audience using seven cameras and 128 tracks of sound to create a high-definition, surround-sound production.
“When we look at the hate speech around us today,” Wentworth observed, “we see our world hasn’t progressed far beyond the Capulets and the Montagues. Contemporary cases of suicide by young people raise the same questions as the play: How do we take care of our young people? How do we help them navigate from childhood to adulthood? How do we save them from despair? Why do we have such need to treat others as “other”? How do we connect to those whom we fear or who trouble us? To that great soul of Shakespeare’s, such questions always mattered. This play demands that we too – particularly at this cultural moment – take them to heart.
The ballet company of the Paris Opera will present Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, with choreography by the legendary Rudolf Nureyev who created it first for the Paris Opera.
Drawing on ancient Slavic and Norse mythology where destiny is often born out of the mysterious forces of nature, Swan Lake has become a legend in its own right. Tchaikovsky’s first ballet score is imbued with a deep sense of nostalgia, echoing the composer’s own experience of love as elusive as it was impossible.
In Rudolf Nureyev’s “Freudian” version, conceived for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1984, Prince Siegfried, manipulated by the evil Rothbart, shuns the realities of power and marriage to take refuge in dreams where a magic lake symbolizing idealized love appears to him. Nureyev elevated the role of the prince by giving him a deeper psychological dimension.
The series concludes Sunday, Jan. 13 with a pair of operas Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci performed live at Austria’s Salzburg Easter Festival, featuring Jonas Kaufmann, described by the New York Times as "the most important, versatile tenor of his generation", who is the lead tenor in both operas.
The scene is set by film and opera director Philipp Stölzl, a director whose fascinating vision divides the stage into several levels, staging crowd scenes below, private feelings above – the latter projected with filmic close-ups – doubling and tripling the action.
“The World Cinema Series marries our state-of-the-arts movie palace digital cinema with live performances recorded at some of the finest concert halls and venues in the world,” said Garde executive director Steve Sigel. “The series is the perfect complement to all of our live dance, theater and opera patrons and movie lovers.”
All performances are held on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets
are $18 for orchestra and front balcony sections, $14 for the rear balcony and $24 for the loge. The box office is located at 325 State Street. Tickets are also available by phone at 860-444-7373 ext. 1, or online at gardearts.org.