Sunday, January 17, 2010

Emerging Pictures Highlights Rossini Rarity

The Harkins Theatres Northfield 18 was the site last Thursday of an important operatic cinecast, Gioachino Rossini's one-act comedy, Il Viaggio a Reims [A Trip to Rheims] as performed last spring at Milan's famed La Scala opera house.

Emerging Pictures, a New York-based media company, has built a network of 60-plus theaters across the United States that show opera and ballet in high definition and Surround Sound from some of the world's most famous venues. They enjoy exclusive theatrical agreements with such places as the aforementioned La Scala, plus the Salzburg Festival, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, La Fenice in Venice, and others.

Harkins Northfield, located at I-70 & Quebec in northwest Denver, is the metro area's sole purveyor of EP's "Opera and Ballet in Cinema" series. Here are some upcoming performances well worth your consideration:

Otello by Giuseppe Verdi (Feb 11) from Salzburg. The cast includes Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello), Marina Poplovskaya (Desdemona), and Carlos Alvarez (Iago). The conductor is Riccardo Muti.

Il Trovatore by Verdi (April 15) from Barcelona. The cast includes Fiorenza Cedolins (Leonora), Marco Berti (Manrico), Luciana d'Intino (Azucena), and Vittorio Vitelli (Count Di Luna). The conductor is Marco Armiliato.

Other productions on tap for the rest of this season include the operas Carmen (Bizet) on March 18, Orfeo (Monteverdi) on May 20, and Falstaff (Verdi) on June 17. The ballet Don Quixote is scheduled for February 25, and Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes will be cinecast on March 25. All shows begin at 7:00 p.m.

For an in-depth review of Viaggio, please visit my Opera Blog.

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