Opera in the cinema

I did a post recently about world class ballet that you can see in Odeon cinemas as they are doing a live stream from some of the biggest theater/ballet/opera houses. However if you fancy opera more than ballet, here is what you can manage to catch this year:

Met Opera – Lulu

Naas/Stillorgan/Waterford Odeon Cinemas, Saturday 21st of November 2015
Running time 180 minutes


Alban Berg’s ‘Lulu’ was one of the most notorious stage works of the 20th Century, telling the story of a wilfully amoral femme fatale who manipulates everyone she meets.
A young, beautiful woman and a victim of society herself, Lulu emotionally and sexually dominates a range of willing admirers – both men and women – and marries and divorces many of them.
Incomplete at the time of Berg’s death, ‘Lulu’ was finished based on his notes in 1977. Marlis Petersen takes the title role, having been acclaimed in the past for other productions of this opera.The opera is in German.

ENO: The Mikado

Stillorgan/Waterford Odeon Cinemas, Thursday 3rd of December 2015
Running time 150 minutes


Broadcast live from the London Coliseum in stunning HD, English National Opera’s spectacular production of ‘The Mikado’ is a popular hit with audiences of all ages. Experience the irresistible combination of wonderful wit, memorable melodies and hilarious antics in this acclaimed production from Jonathan Miller.
When flirting is banned in the town of Titipu, Nanki-Poo and his beloved Yum-Yum are forced to go to extreme measures to protect themselves and the town from the wrath of the all-powerful Mikado. Set in an ever-so English 1930s seaside hotel, ENO’s dazzlingly inventive staging of ‘The Mikado’ returns to the London Coliseum for what for many has become the definitive production of this much-loved Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera.

ROH: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

Blanchardstown/Coolock/Limerick/Naas/Waterford/Stillorgan Odeon Cinemas, Monday 10th of December 2015
Running time 180 minutes


Often performed together, ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ and ‘Pagliacci’ are the stories of the peasant Turiddu and the hunchback clown Tonio, both in love with unattainable married women.
Both of them are thwarted in their desires, and both their stories hurtle towards tragic, murderous ends as the consequences of jealousy, infidelity and forbidden love come to light. The two operas’ themes complement each other perfectly, and they have regularly been performed as a double bill since 1893.
Directed by Damiano Michieletto, ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ and ‘Pagliacci’ are the greatest works of their respective composers, Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavallo.


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