Monday, December 9, 2013

Royal Opera House productions coming to the Capitol Theatre

  • Arts Alliance Media, the worldwide leader in digital cinema is collaborating with Royal Opera House (ROH) Cinema series & Screen Vision, a US leader in screen advertising & theatrical experiences to bring select world-class opera productions from one of the premier venues in the world to theatres around the country. 
  • The series are must-attend events for fans of opera and a great introduction for those experiencing it for the first time.
  • Tickets are $20 to each production and are available at the Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland) and online at
  • The 2013/2014 operas which will be screening at the Capitol Theatre are:
DATE: Thursday, January 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, January 12 at 11:00 AM
DESCRIPTION: A new production of Parsifal, Wagner’s huge, profound meditation on guilt, death and
possible redemption, is always a remarkable event. This one, directed by Stephen Langridge, designed by Alison Chitty and conducted by Antonio Pappano, the creative team who brought Birtwistle’s brutal, beautiful Minotaur to the stage, is especially exciting. An extraordinary cast of Wagnerian singers come together: Heldentenor Simon O’Neill, recently acclaimed for his Siegmund, sings Parsifal; the magnificent bass René Pape is Gurnemanz; Gerald Finley makes his role debut as Amfortas after a wonderful Hans Sachs at Glyndebourne, Willard White sings the sorcerer Klingsor, and versatile singer-actress Angela Denoke is an intriguing choice for Kundry.
Parsifal - Simon O’Neill
Kundry - Angela Denoke
Gurnemanz - René Pape
Amfortas - Gerald Finley
Klingsor - Willard White
Music - Richard Wagner; Royal Opera Chorus; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor - Antonio Pappano
Director - Stephen Langridge
Designs - Alison Chitty
DATES: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM
DESCRIPTION: Teeming with period detail, John Copley’s definitive production of this much-loved opera is traditional opera at its best. From a shabby garret to the bustling Café Momus to a snowy courtyard at dawn, this minutely observed panorama of 1830s Parisian life, beautifully designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman, conjures emotions and atmosphere ranging from joy to tragedy, in large-scale crowd scenes and intimate tableaux.
Puccini no doubt drew on his own student escapades – which anticipated his later reputation as a legendary bon viveur – for the robust humour of the comic scenes. And in his depiction of the tender and ultimately tragic love between Mimì (Maija Kovalevska, Carmen in 3D, 2010) and Rodolfo (Rolando Villazón, Rodolfo in Robert Dornhelm’s film version of the opera, the title role in The Royal Opera’s Don Carlo), Puccini achieved an immediacy, warmth and humanity that have rarely been equalled.
Rodolfo - Rolando Villazón
Mimì - Maija Kovalevska
Musetta - Stefania Dovhan
Marcello - Audun Iversen
Music - Giacomo Puccini, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, The Royal Opera Chorus
Director - John Copley
Conductor – Mark Elder
Designs - Julia Trevelyan Oman
Lighting - John Charlton
PRODUCTION: Don Giovanni
DATES: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM
DESCRIPTION: Mozart’s sublime tragic comedy offers boundless scope for directors, and Kasper Holten has chosen it to follow his directorial debut of Eugene Onegin. He wants to shift the emphasis from Don Giovanni’s sex life into a darker place, showing Giovanni’s womanizing as an attempt to stave off his own mortality. Each woman he seduces represents a life he could have had. Though it is a dark piece, Holten intends to handle it with a light touch and he is working with a superb cast – Mariusz Kwiecien, one of the world’s leading Don Giovannis, Alex Esposito, a fresh, vigorous Leporello and acclaimed French soprano Véronique Gens.

Don Giovanni - Mariusz Kwiecien
Leporello - Alex Esposito
Donna Anna - Mailn Bystrom
Masetto - Dawid Kimberg
Donna Elvira - Véronique Gens
Don Ottavio - Antonio Poli
Zerlina - Elizabeth Watts
Commendatore - Alexander Tsymbalyuk

Music – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Royal Opera Chorus; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
- Nicola Luisotti
Designs – Es Devlin
Costume - Anja Vang Kragh
Director – Kasper Holten
Lighting – Bruno Poet
Choreography - Signe Fabricius
DATE: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM
DESCRIPTION: Plácido Domingo, one of the most celebrated talents of our time, is making a major role debut. This is a rare chance to see a genre-defining masterwork, containing some of the greatest choral music ever written, along with some wonderful arias and ensembles. This new production of Nabucco is unmissable.
Domingo takes another thrilling step into the baritone repertory following his triumphs as Simon Boccanegra, as he sings the title role of Nabucco for the first time. He is joined by an exciting young cast including Ukranian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska (Lady Macbeth in Macbeth for The Royal Opera, 2011) as the power-hungry priestess Abigaille. Acclaimed theatre and opera director Daniele Abbado makes his Royal Opera debut directing this co-production with La Scala, Milan.
The plot is based on the biblical story of King Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco), and focuses on his imprisonment of the Hebrews, his struggle against his unscrupulous daughter, Abigaille, his divine punishment and final salvation. Verdi’s rich score offers melody, power and raw drama on a scale that does full justice to the opera’s epic themes of nationhood, faith, love and redemption and calls upon the full might of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Royal Opera Chorus.
Conductor - Nicola Luisotti
Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar) - Plácido Domingo
Ismaele - Andrea Caré
Zaccaria - Vitalij Kowaljow
Abigaille - Liudmyla Monastyrska
Fenena - Marianna Pizzolato
High Priest - Robert Lloyd
Anna - Dušica Bijelic
Abdallo - David Butt Philip
Music - Giuseppe Verdi; Royal Opera Chorus ; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Director - Daniele Abbado
Designs - Alison Chitty
Lighting - Alessandro Carletti
Movement - Simona Bucci
Video - Luca Scarzella
DATES: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM
DESCRIPTION: Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly presented in Richard Eyre’s production.
Violetta Valéry - Diana Damrau
Alfredo Germont - Francesco Demuro
Giorgio Germont - Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Baron Douphol - Michel de Souza
Doctor Grenvil - Jihoon Kim
Flora Bervoix -Nadezhda Karyazina
Marquis D'Obigny - Jeremy White
Gastone de Letorières - Luis Gomes
Annina - Sarah Pring
Music - Giuseppe Verdi; The Royal Ballet; Royal Opera Chorus; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor - Dan Ettinger
Director - Richard Eyre
Designs - Bob Crowley
Lighting - Jean Kalman
Movement - Jane Gibson
PRODUCTION: Manon Lescaut
DATES: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM
DESCRIPTION: This early Puccini masterpiece makes a welcome return to Covent Garden after an absence of over 20 years, in a new production by Jonathan Kent under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano. The exciting Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role. A consummate Puccini soprano, Opolais caused a sensation as Madama Butterfly in 2011, and with Manon Lescaut, the bold but impressionable heroine, we will see a very different side of her character. She is matched in star power by Jonas Kaufmann as her lover, Des Grieux, and Christopher Maltman as her cynical brother Lescaut. This is a much anticipated new production, and Kent’s vision of a young girl who faces temptation in the big city will surely resonate with today’s audience.
Manon - Kristine Opolais
Lescaut - Christopher Maltman
Chevalier des Grieux - Jonas Kaufmann
Geronte de Ravoir - Maurizio Muraro
Edmondo - Benjamin Hulett
Music - Giacomo Puccini; Royal Opera Chorus; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor - Antonio Pappano
Director - Jonathan Kent
Designs - Paul Brown
Choreography - Denni Sayers

About Royal Opera House:
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Arts Alliance Media, based in London with offices in Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Oslo, Milan and Berlin, is the worldwide leader in digital cinema, offering a complete range of services, as well as VPF financing solutions for digital conversion. These services include installation, maintenance and support for digital cinema systems; world-class software solutions; management and delivery of content to cinemas; and alternative content and live events. AAM has European Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreements in place with all six Hollywood studios and has signed over 3,850 VPF screens in multiple territories, including with many leading exhibitors. The company recently activated its Latin American VPF programme with a raft of exhibitor signings in the past weeks.  AAM's digital cinema software currently touches approximately 15,000 screens worldwide. The London-based Network Operations Centre supports over 5,500 digital screens around the world, and  the company’s digital cinema lab has mastered over 2500 titles to date, and shipped hundreds of thousands of DCPs. AAM’s strategic partnership with Arqiva allows exhibitors to benefit from satellite delivery of content to cinemas. Arts Alliance Media was founded in 2003 by Thomas Høegh. For more information, visit
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