O Cinema Miami Beach launches its 2015/2016 season of Performance on Screen with the return of the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet. Performance on Screen enables Miami Beach audiences to watch live performances of current season productions from London’s iconic Covent Garden at O Cinema’s North Beach location in stunning digital projection and surround sound. Each screening is hosted by much-loved personalities of the Royal Opera House with exclusive interviews and footage from behind the scenes.
The season commences on Sunday, October 25th with Kenneth MacMillan’s famous ballet version of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, set to Prokofiev’s magnificent score. An ecnore presentation will be held on Wednesday, October 28th. Often considered a perfect opera, Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) represents Mozart’s genius at its most lively and delightful. Based on a play that was originally banned for its political content, the fastmoving libretto creates realistic characters made even more human by Mozart’s outstanding music. It plays on Sunday, November 1st with an encore scheduled for Wednesday, November 4th. Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker. Loosely based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it opens with the Christmas festivities of little Clara and her family and progresses through a sequence of dreams and enchantments that take Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets. Peter Wright’s enchanting production can not be missed. It screen on Sunday, December 13th with a repeat scheduled for Wednesday, December 16th. All Sunday shows commence at 1pm with weekday encore screenings starting at 6:30 pm.
“For lovers of opera and ballet, our ‘Performances on Screen’ series creates another opportunity to indulge in these timeless art forms while enjoying contemporary productions from Europes greatest companies right here in our community” said Kareem Tabsch, Co-Director of O Cinema. “These spellbinding productions are just another part of the robust and eclectic program of cinematic offerings we bring yearround to O Cinema Miami Beach”
The magic continues into 2016, as the Royal Ballet presents the world premieres of two newly commissioned ballets; Liam Scarlett’s first full-length ballet Frankenstein, and Carlos Acosta’s production of Carmen, which will be performed as part of a quadruple bill of shorter works.
Among the opera highlights coming in the new year are brand new productions of Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and opera’s most enduring pair of operas Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci alongside favourite Royal Opera productions of Verdi’s La traviata.. The new season features a line-up of international opera stars including Joyce DiDonato, Bryn Terfel, Diana Damrau, Vittorio Grigolo and Erwin Schrott among others.
Tickets are $21 each and can be purchased by visiting the cinema box office during regular hours of operations or by going online to o-cinema.org