Across France: Viva l’Opéra 2014/ 2015 Season Now Live in Cinemas Near You

Mozart’s Magic Flute from the Bregenz Festival in Austria will be the opera highlight of the Christmas Holidays, screening on 4th and 11th December 2014 as part of the UGC cinema chain’s Viva l’Opéra 2014-2015 broadcast season around France.

Viva l’opéra 2014-15 Season  click the image for more details

Viva l’opéra 2014-15 Season click the image for more 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 five 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 opened in September and runs through to 9th July 2015.

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

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This initiative complements that of the Gaumont-Pathé group, which since April 2008, has transmitted live broadcasts of Saturday matinee performances at the Metropolitan Opera of New York.
Here is the programme for all cinemas transmitting the broadcast in France. Should you miss out there is always the Met player – a subscription-based listen and watch again facility online.

Discussing the Viva l’opéra programme for its fifth season Alain Duault of France 3, Radio Classique, Opera online and the programme’s artistic director wrote: “In four years, Viva l’opéra  has become a brand attracting an increasingly diverse audience and leading many to discover opera for the first time. For its fifth season, Viva l’opéra brings viewers and opera lovers an appointment with beautiful opera from an international festival providing a taste of the best and offering cinemagoers a front row at the Salzburg Festival, Bregenz  Festival Aix-en-Provence Festival or the Paris, Vienna, Munich, Zurich, San Francisco and Parma Opera houses”.

Mozart's  Abduction from the Seraglio will be screened 12 - 19 Feb at UGC cinemas around France

Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio will be screened 12 – 19 Feb at UGC cinemas around France

Here is a clip of the overture from “Die Entführung aus dem Serail, ‘The Abduction from the hareem’ K384: Overture” a recording by Otto Klemperer/New Philharmonia Orchestra:

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

The 2014-2015 Season:

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Viva l’opéra 2014-15 Season  programme click the image to book

Viva l’opéra 2014-15 Season programme click the images above for more details


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Here are a few forthcoming attractions published on the France Musique website. The French broadcaster is a partner with the UCG cinema chain and Paris Opera in promoting the 2014/2015 season


Elektra wants to avenge the murder of her father Agamemnon, murdered by her mother Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus.  After a wild and enthusiastic dance Elektra expires.

MUSICAL DIRECTION : Esa-Pekka Salonen PRODUCTION : Patrice Chéreau CAST:   Elektra: Evelyn Herlitzius Klytämnestra: Waltraud MeierChrysothemis: Adrianna Pieczonka Orest Mikhail Petrenko Aegisth: Tom Randle Orchestre de Paris


Prince Tamino is charged by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the tyrant Sarastro. Guided by the three Ladies of the Queen, Tamino is accompanied by Papageno, a truculent bird catcher , whose cowardice contrasts with Tamino’s nobility and courage .  The Queen of the Night is eventually destroyed.

MUSICAL DIRECTION : Patrick Summers PRODUCTION: David Pountney CAST :  Sarastro: Alfred Reiter Tamino: Norman Reinhardt Königin der Nacht: Ana Durlovski Pamina: Bernarda Bobro Papageno Daniel SchmutzhardPapagena: Be Dénise


MUSIC : Hector Berlioz – from the opera Les Troyens WITH: Principal Dancers, Corps de Ballet and students of the School of Dance

MUSIC:  Carl Czerny Adapted and orchestrated by Knudage Riisager CHOREOGRAPHY : Harald Lander

Ballet of the National Opera of Paris
A Hoffmann tale adapted by A. Dumas MUSIC : Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky PRODUCTION: Rudolf Nureyev adaptationof  Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov SET AND COSTUME : Nicholas Georgiadis

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