OPERA FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
We are pleased to bring the best of The Royal Opera, under the direction of Antonio Pappano – one of the world’s leading opera companies – to The Cary Theater. Based in the iconic Covent Garden theatre, The Royal Opera is renowned both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Adès.
The 2017 – 2018 season will feature four operas that are recorded live from the Royal Opera House in London, England.
Season packages (all four operas): $51 / $39 (Cary Film Circle members) (Package ticket info)
Individual ticket prices: $15 / $12 (Cary Film Circle members)
THE MAGIC FLUTE
Sunday, October 15, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.
Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane. David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias. As well as being a comedy The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flute was an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.
3 HOURS 10 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
Sunday, November 26, 2017 – 2 p.m.
When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris, the capital of the 19th century. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular, stylized 1850s setting. Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since.
2 HOURS 35 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
Sunday, March 11, 2018 – 2 p.m.
Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace. Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.
3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS | SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
Sunday, April 15, 2017 – 2 p.m.
Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone. This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. For Carmen he has devised a far from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.
3 HOURS 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
Whether you are part of the senior set or just have the day off – we’re offering matinees screenings! Thursdays at 2 pm, we’ll screen our favorite films (and some selected just for you)! Seniors price is $4.00.
September 14 – Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent
September 21 – 100 Words Film Festival
September 28 – Columbus
October 5 – Bugs
October 12 – Swim Team
October 19 – A Ghost Story
October 26 – Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Rough Cuts Review
Rough Cuts Review is an open screen night for North Carolina filmmakers. The evening is an opportunity for filmmakers to show Rough Cuts of works-in-progress, and to engage in conversation with other local filmmakers and the public about the material. Joe Partin, Cinema Studies professor, will lead the filmmaker and audience members in a respectful discussion about the work.
We accept 15-20 minute submissions of finished films, works-in-progress, and student films. All genres are welcome. Time permitting, we’ll screen longer works but we can’t guarantee individual screening slots over 20-minutes.
Upcoming revised screening dates:
September 19, 2017
November 14, 2017
To participate please complete the form below.