It’s opera time. Enjoy these masterpiece from a comfort of your cinema seat.
MET OPERA – Manon Lescaut
Naas/Stillorgan/Waterford Sturday 5th of March
Running time: 180 min
Puccini’s first great success in opera, ‘Manon Lescaut’ is the story of a young girl from the country who transforms herself into a luxurious Parisian temptress.
Torn between her conflicting desires for wealth and love, Manon eventually encounters the dashing student Desgrieux, whose desperate passion for her drives him to frantically try and win her hand.
Richard Eyre’s new production of ‘Manon Lescaut’ moves the story from the 1720s to the 1940s, and stars acclaimed soprano Kristine Opolais in the title role, with tenor Jonas Kaufmann as her lover.
ENO: The Magic Flute
Stillorgan/Waterford – Wednesday 9th of March
Running time: 175 min
Live from the London Coliseum in stunning HD. ‘The Magic Flute’ is one of the greatest and most popular operas ever written. Mozart’s timeless classic explores the search for true love and wisdom as the royal prince Tamino and the bird-catcher Papageno must overcome a series of trials in order to rescue the princess Pamina from the grasp of the manipulative Queen of Night.
This is a fantastically theatrical and imaginative staging of ‘The Magic Flute’ from Complicite Theatre’s artistic director Simon McBurney where live sound effects and breathtaking animations help bring this captivating tale to life.
ROH: Boris Godunov
Blanchardstown/Coolock/Limerick/Naas/Waterford – Monday 21st of March
Running time: 180 min
The story of ‘Boris Godunov’, who reigned as Russia’s Tsar between 1598 and 1605, during the so-called Time of Troubles before the Romanovs came to power.
After seizing the throne by murdering Dmitry, the nine-year-old heir, Godunov has mostly ruled well, but increasing famines are helping his enemies gain more support. The young monk Grigory, born the same day as the murdered Dmitry, pretends to be him risen from the grave to try and take the throne for himself.
Directed by Richard Jones and starring acclaimed bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, ‘Boris Godunov’ is a rich examination of the perils of power.