Viva l’Opéra 2015/ 2016 Season Live in Cinemas Near You From October
Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro – from the Zurich Opera house -opens the new Viva l’Opéra 2015-2016 season playing from October 8 on the screens of the UGC cinema chain around France.
The inaugral opera of the season includes Erwin Schrott singing Figaro, Martina Janková as Susanna and Michael Volle as Il Conte di Almaviva.
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 six 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 October 1 2015 and runs through to 16th June 2016.
Read more about the Met broadcasts in France here as well as the new EU initiative The Opera Platform – Free Live and On demand -an online platform for the promotion and enjoyment of opera. It aims to appeal to committed opera lovers and to those who’ve never seen an opera before.
This initiative by UGC complements that of the Gaumont-Pathé group, which since April 2008, has transmitted live broadcasts around France of Saturday matinee performances from the Metropolitan Opera of New York.
The Met’s 10th anniversary season of movie-theater transmissions features ten presentations and a holiday encore and this year started October 3 with Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
Many can also be heard on Judith Chaines’s Soiree Lyrique programme on France Musique every Saturday evening.
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The full programme of live performances broadcast in UCG cinemas around France and abroad can be found here
Direct performances from four French Opera houses will be transmitted live to cinema screens across France for the performances in the image shown immediately below: on December 17 2015 and February 11, 2016 from Paris Opera Bastille, on March 17, 2016 from Paris Opera Palais Garnier and on April 26, 2016 from Paris Opera Bastille .
Below is the full UGC season programme presented in association with Paris Opera.
The 2015-2016 Season: