Opera on Screen At Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre

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Opera on Screen at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre

Tuesday, December 18 at 7 pm & Thursday, December 27 at 12 noon

La Traviata

A fascinating production of Giuseppe Verdi’s thrilling adaptation of the Dumas novel La Dame Aux Camellias, a tale of a beautiful courtesan torn between love and honor. In the lead roles, Austria’s opera talent Kristiane Kaiser and Jean-François Borras, a young French tenor, provide for a musically and visually exciting performance at the Roman Quarry of St. Margarethen, conducted by Ernst Märzendorfer, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Chorus.

“La Traviata” screens on Tuesday, December 18 at 7pm and Thursday, December 27 at 12 noon in the Opera On Screen series at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington 631-423-7610 www.cinemaartscentre.org/

$10 Members / $15 Public Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office during theatre hours or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at <tel:1-800-838-3006. http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/la-traviata-3/

The Merry Widow

Thursday, December 20 at 7pm & Saturday, December 29 at 12 noon

A dazzling new production of Franz Lehar’s classic operetta about a wealthy widow and her countrymen’s attempt to keep her money in the principality by finding her the right husband, “The Merry Widow” screens on Thursday, December 20 at 7pm and Saturday, December 29 at 12 noon in the Opera On Screen series at Cinema Arts Centre.

$10 Members / $15 Public. Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office during theatre hours or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006

http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/the-merry-widow/

The Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe) had its premiere at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien in 1905. The operetta, which tells the story of a wealthy widow and her countrymen’s attempt to keep her money in the principality by finding her the right husband was a major success for its composer Franz Lehár (1870-1948) and quickly travelled to London and became a major Broadway sensation. Often called ‘The Queen of Operettas’, this is certainly the most celebrated and successful show of its kind ever written. The melodies and songs – “Vilja,” “The Merry Widow Waltz” or “You’ll Find Me At Maxim’s,” to name but a few – are lovingly played and sung the whole world over. Combined with the frivolous Paris-set story line they make the operetta a sure box-office attraction. Frequently staged in an abridged version, this production from the Staatsoper Dresden features many musical numbers that are usually omitted. With Petra-Maria Schnitzer and Bo Skovhus the cast includes some of the most prestigious singers of the younger generation under the expert leadership of conductor Manfred Honeck. This staging by the famous opera director Jérôme Savary makes The Merry Widow a very colorful and a subtle tribute to the golden age of Hollywood.

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