The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) is the exclusive Michigan venue for “World Opera in Cinema,” an extraordinary series of new opera performances presented uncut in luxurious high-definition and digital surround sound, with English subtitles.
The DFT will bring some of the most magnificently mounted and brilliantly sung productions of the season from such storied locations as Milan’s La Scala to the elegant surroundings of the DIA’s magnificently restored theatre. Among the operas to be shown are La Bohème by Puccini, Mozart’s sí fan tutte (Thus Do They All, or The School for Lovers), and La Traviata and Rigoletto by Verdi.
Elliot Wilhelm, director and programmer of the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre, is excited to broaden the range of DFT offerings. “This is a wonderful chance for opera-lovers to see some of the most elaborate, star-studded productions from famous European opera houses without leaving Michigan, and at a reasonable price,” said Wilhelm. “The extremely high visual and audio quality of these performances will have audiences feeling as if they’ve been transported to another time and place.”
This season marks the debut of the “World Opera in Cinema” series at the DFT, and the series will be included in future DFT schedules. In addition to recent opera performances, the series will be supplemented with seasonal performances, such as The Nutcracker ballet, which will be shown this December 27 and January 3, 2010.
Tickets for “World Opera in Cinema” are $20 per film ($18 for DIA members, students and seniors). For more information, visit www.dia.org/dft
This weeks schedule:
Thursday, October 22, 6 p.m.
La Bohème by Puccini
Directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Dornheim, this lushly cinematic adaptation of Puccini’s great love story stars opera’s most revered “dream team”—soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Rolando Villazón. Though realistically staged in terms of set design and costumes, Dornheim’s lavish film is hauntingly dreamlike in tone. Still, La Bohème’s rich visual qualities take an appropriate back seat to stars Netrebko and Villazón; the director made it clear that his concept was to create a lasting monument to these two great singers, and he’s accomplished that with style, grace and power.