Met Opera Set To Shine On The Big Screen
Press Release: The Metropolitan Opera is the most widely heard and known opera company in the world. The Met is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented artists, including singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world. Known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices, The Met has been under the musical direction of James Levine since 1976. Levine is credited with having created one of opera’s finest orchestras and choruses.
Critics have praised this innovative venture, positively glowing about it having “the best seats in the house”. The Los Angeles times went as far as to say this merging of film with live performance has created a new art -form.
The first New Zealand series, distributed by Rialto Distribution and proudly brought to you by Minter Ellison Rudd Watts in association with The Arts Channel, commences with Romeo and Juliette on Sat 2nd August in Auckland. This series also includes Hansel and Gretel, Macbeth, Manon Lescaut, Peter Grimes, Tristan und Isolde, La Bohèm and La Fille du Régiment. Audiences can see the Met Opera at the following cinema locations during the season:
AUCKLAND: Bridgeway Cinemas AUCKLAND: Rialto Cinemas
TAURANGA: Rialto Cinemas HAMILTON: Victoria Cinemas
PALMERSTON NORTH: Cinema Gold HAVELOCK NORTH: Cinema Gold
WELLINGTON: Penthouse Cinemas NELSON: Suter and Platinum Cinemas
CHRISTCHURCH: Rialto Cinemas DUNEDIN: Rialto Cinemas
Kelly Rogers CEO of Rialto Distribution says “We are incredibly proud to be spearheading this innovative and exciting entertainment experience for the New Zealand market. We wish to build on the success of The Met Opera live series internationally and are certain New Zealand audiences will embrace this incredible opportunity to have the best seat in the house at The Met!”
In the 2006-07 season, The Metropolitan Opera launched “Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD,” a series of performance transmissions shown live in high definition (HD) in movie theatres around the world. The series this year has expanded from six to eight opera transmissions, reaching over 600 participating venues in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia – and now in New Zealand.