More Than Movies returns at Colonial
Belfast — Big operas from Europe, captured in HD, will grace the downtown Colonial Theatre's screens in October, part of the cinema’s More Than Movies series. Shows will be Sundays at 1:30 p.m., with one opera featured each week. Admission is $12, $8 for youth younger than 18.
The SpectiCast series will open Oct. 6 with “Tales of Hoffman,” a captivating production from the Opera de Paris. Written in 1881 by Jacques Offenbach, it is based on three short stories by E.T.A. Hoffman, who himself is the opera's protagonist. Considered an "opera fantastique," it is a haunting tale of one man's desire for a parade of unattainable beauties.
“La Boheme” from the Salzburg Festival will be screened Oct. 13. The 1896 work by Giacomo Puccini is set in 1830s. This tale of four bohemians living the poor but arty life in a Parisian garret is one of the most popular and passionate operas ever. The story was adapted in 1996 as the musical "Rent."
“Manon” will be screened Oct. 20. Written in 1884, Jules Massenet’s most popular and enduring opera expresses the music, charm and vitality of Paris' Belle Epoque. In this production, the vocal brilliance of Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon bring the flirtation, longing and desire of a heroine and a young nobleman to full bloom.
Giuseppe Verdi's “Falstaff” will be screened Oct. 27. Verdi’s final opera, written in 1893, is admired for brilliant orchestration and melodic invention. One of only two comic operas in his 28, it is based on Shakespeare's play "The Merry Wives of Windsor." The title character described as a portly, aging knight who is repeatedly tricked by the young ladies who rebuff his romantic overtures. This delightful romp is from the Opera de Paris.
The Colonial Theatre is located at 163 High St. Wine and beer are now served, along with an expanded concession menu. For more information, call 338-5087.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.