Viva l’Opéra ’13/’14 – Live in Cinemas near You




Verdi’s Nabucco from La Scala in Milan, part of the 200th anniversary celebrations across Europe this year, will open the UGC cinema chain’s Viva l’Opéra 2013-2014 broadcast season around France. 

The 2013/14 Viva l'Opera season opens shortly in UGC cinemas around France

The 2013/14 Viva l’Opera season opens shortly in UGC cinemas around France. Click the image for full details

In an echo of the hugely successful live broadcasts from the New York Met matinees that are screened in cinemas across France and the rest of the world, the Paris Opera and the UCG chain joined forces two years ago to bring audiences here a similar experience. They have based their programme on live performances from French and other major European opera houses in a season that opens September 19, 2013 and runs through to 10th July 2014.

**Read more about the Met broadcasts in France here**

Reporting on the initiative France Musique radio presenter David Christoffel said surveys showed that most cinema-goers attending  the live broadcasts from the Met came precisely because it was live and the cinema performances are attracting new audiences for opera around the world.

Nabucco coming to you from La Scala in Milan

Nabucco coming to you from La Scala in Milan

Thanks to the Internet, the famous chorus of the Hebrew slaves has made Nabucco one of the most popular operas. But Nabucco cannot be reduced to this chorus, it is also a founding work of Verdi’s style – a work that in addition was for the Italians, a symbolic image of their ‘enslavement’ under Austrian occupation. Thus in this year of Verdi’s 200th anniversary we could not celebrate without an opera that was for Verdi the spark that ignited the lyrical art of the 19th century. First screening: Nabucco, Giuseppe Verdi Directed by: Nicola Luisotti, Directed by Danièle Abbado, Singers – Nabucco: Leo Nucci (Baritone); Ismaele: Aleksandrs Antonenko; Zaccaria: Vitalij Kowaljow; Abigaille: Liudmyla Monastyrski; Fenena: Veronica Simeoni; The high priest of Babylon: Ernesto Panariello; Abdallo: Giuseppe Veneziano; Anna: Tatyana Ryaguzova September 19, 2013 from La Scala Milan.

Here is a clip from the a 1986 performance at La Scala condicted by Richard Muti:

The full programme of live performances broadcast in UCG cinemas around France and abroad can be found here

The details of the opening performance and  transmission in direct is here 

The 2013-2014 Season:

Nabucco
Giuseppe Verdi
SCALA DE MILAN
19 and 26 Sept

Tosca
Giacomo Puccini
OPERA NATIONAL DE BAVIERE
10 and 17 Oct

L’Italienne à Alger
Gioacchino Rossini
THEATRE COMMUNAL BOLOGNE
7 Nov

Aïda
Giuseppe Verdi
OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS – OPERA BASTILLE
LIVE 14 Nov

Les Puritains
Vincenzo Bellini
OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS – OPERA BASTILLE
LIVE  9 Dec

Ballet : La Belle au bois dormant
Rudolf Nurev
OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS – OPERA BASTILLE
LIVE  16 Dec

Eugène Onéguine
Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski
FESTIVAL DE SALZBOURG
9 and 16 Jan

La Fanciulla del West
Giacomo Puccini
OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS – OPERA BASTILLE
LIVE  10 Feb

La Bohème
Giacomo Puccini
FESTIVAL DE SALZBOURG
6 and 13 Feb

La Cenerentola
Gioacchino Rossini
THEATRE DU LICEU DE BARCELONE
6 and 13 Mar

Cosi fan tutte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
FESTIVAL DE SALZBOURG
3 and 10 Apr

Tristan & Isolde
Richard Wagner
OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS – OPERA BASTILLE
LIVE   29 Apr

Salomé
Richard Strauss
THEATRE DE BADEN-BADEN
15 and 22 May

Ballet : Balanchine / Millepied
George Balanchine / Benjamin Millepied
OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS – OPERA BASTILLE
LIVE  3 Jun

Rigoletto
Giuseppe Verdi
FESTIVAL D’AIX EN PROVENCE
5 and 12 Jun

La Traviata
Giuseppe Verdi
OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS – OPERA BASTILLE
LIVE  17 Jun

La Fille du Régiment
Gaetano Donizetti
OPERA NATIONAL DE VIENNE
3 and 10 July

To read more about the Verdi 200th celebrations and Opera in general visit  US/Italian writer Tiziano Thomas Dossena’s Opera My Love blog

 

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