At at time when orchestras and opera and ballet companies are struggling nationally (especially in Louisville), movie theaters are finding an audience showing “live” performances from world-class performance halls.
The movie biz has problems of its own, limping from “Harry Potter” to “John Carter” as audience attendance waxes and wanes, But that’s another post.
This weekend, you can see LIVE! at the Baxter Avenue Theatres the world’s best in ballet and opera.
We hate to admit it, but seeing “live” performances on screen enhanced by the long lenses of HD digital cameras and Dolby sound often adds a super-realism element to the performance. Sort of how photo-realistic painting is more interesting than real life.
Anyway, the performances start Sunday with:
BAXTER AVENUE THEATRES PRESENTS BALLET IN CINEMA
- ”Le Corsaire,” from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow
In the Bolshoi Ballet’s new staging of Le Corsaire, Petipa’s original choreography is revived and refreshed by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka to breathe new life into this production. The ballet follows Medora, a young Greek girl, and Conrad, a dashing pirate, as they journey through a tapestry of dramatic events, culminating in a shipwreck considered to be one of ballet’s most dazzling spectacles. Starring Svetlana Lunkina, Ruslan Skvortsov, Andrei Merkuriev & Nina Kaptsova
“The final scene has one scenic masterstroke after another. Moonlight upon the Mediterranean, then the corsairs’ ship … filling most of the stage with characters on board, trumped by thunder, lightning, storm, rising waves, and the boat splitting before our eyes: the kind of special effect that in recent decades has belonged to film alone.” –The New York Times
The broadcast Sunday March 11 is at 1 p.m., with an recorded encore Sunday March 18 at 7 p.m.
- ”La Boheme,” from Barcelona’s Gran Teatre Del Liceu
A warm coat, a glowing fire, a true friend, a lover’s kiss – La Boheme is the most romantic opera ever written. Puccini’s beloved melodies perfectly convey the heartbreak and passion of young, poor, Parisian artists falling in love. Let La Boheme break your heart for the hundredth time, or the very first time, in this intimate and moving production from the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. Starring Fiorenza Cedolins as Mimi, Christopher Maltman as Marcello and Ramon Vargas as Rodolfo.
“Honey-toned Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas sang the…romantic hero with passion, conviction and refreshing innocence, his beautifully launched high notes unforced and amply projected.” – David Mermelstein, Opera News
The live showing will be Tuesday March 13 at 3 p.m., with the recorded broadcast March 25 at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the live performances are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and children. Tickets for the recorded encores at $20 and $15.