Opera and Shakespeare hit the big screen this April as Empire Cinemas announces its Empire Extra line up
One of the interesting things that’s happened over the past few years is Cinemas going from being, not just the place you visit to see the latest blockbuster, but also a way of catching the latest in live theatre and events. This month, Empire Cinemas’ Empire Extra programme has a unique set of world class performances and productions, all with local convenience, and without the theatre price tag. Diverse in all it has to offer, each month Empire Extra screens a range of opera, music, ballet and theatre; all in high definition. This experience enables audiences to witness the performance as it is live, all from their comfy cinema seat. April is no exception as Empire Extra showcases a stunning selection of screenings making spring all that more spectacular.
In addition to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare Live, April sees a number of high profile operas coming to the big screen from the MET Opera and the Royal Opera House.
MET Opera – Madama Butterfly
Released 2nd April 2016
Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1lEfTLM
Anthony Minghella’s incredible production has enthralled audiences since it first premiered in 2006. This romantic love story stars Kristine Opolais alongside Roberto Alagna and depicts a tale of heart break. The performance is 198 minutes and is split into two sets with Hei-Kyung Hong and Massimo Giordano starring in the latter.
Royal Opera House – Giselle (Live)
Released 6th April 2016
Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1Sf3IlK
Giselle epitomises romantic ballet at its very best, the story of a love affair which begins in the real world and transcends beyond the grave. This role is famed for being notoriously difficult for ballerinas to portray as Giselle adopts two roles within the one performance.
Peter Wright’s production seamlessly masters the dual aspect of the performance which makes for impeccable viewing.
MET Opera – Roberto Devereux
Released 16th April 2016
Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1Mxk44L
Witness the talented Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky take on the challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season. This performance showcases the story of Queen Elizabeth I who is forced to sentence her lover Roberto Devereux to death. This critically acclaimed performance is celebrated for its immensely aspiring directorial triumph.
Released 23rd April 2016
Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1UN5hI8
From the Royal Shakespeare Company, this exceptional two hour event is a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The event can be enjoyed at Empire Extra cinemas despite originally being screened live from Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. The star studded show celebrates Shakespeare’s works and is a must see for theatre and literature enthusiasts alike.
Royal Opera House – Lucia Di Lammermoor (Live)
Released 25th April 2016
Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/1L221H0
Sung entirely in Italian, Lucia Di Lammermoor is a story rooted in rivalry. This opera tells the tale of two families embroiled in a bitter feud back in 17th century Scotland. Romantic undertones make for a beautiful performance as the story sees two young lovers endure very unfortunate consequences.
This performance is famed for providing some of the opera world’s most moving and riveting scenes- which make it truly unmissable viewing.
MET Opera – Elektra
Released 30th April 2016
Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/216DCBT
This story depicts a daughter’s quest for revenge after the unlawful killing of her father. This opera performance stages two incredibly heroic female roles, which take form in the characters of Strauss and Wagner. This performance is rooted in rich history making it one of opera’s most infamous classics.
Jon Nutton, Marketing Director of Empire Cinemas, said: “The Empire Extra programme allows our viewers to immerse themselves in culture, as it provides them with the unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s most celebrated performance events. Engaging and thoroughly enjoyable, Empire Extra offers the perfect entertainment for everyone this spring”.
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