From Paris to Belfast, in HD

Feb 13, 2014
Photo by: Andrea Messana Violeta Urmana and Marcelo Álvarez starred in the 2013 Paris Opera production of “La Gioconda.”

Belfast — Colonial Theatre's More Than Movies series continues with “La Gioconda” by Amilcare Ponchielli (1878), sung in Italian and captured live at Paris Opera last May; it runs three and a half hours. It will be screened Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m.

“La Gioconda” is a must-see for any opera fan and has been called the grandest of all grand operas, featuring an on-stage shipwreck and great third act ballet. It is all about the loves and intrigue of street singer La Giocanda and is set in Venice. Violetta Urmano and Marcelo Alvarez lead the cast.

Admission is $10.25, $8.25 for teens and $5.25 for children. The Colonial Theatre is located at 163 High St. Wine and beer are served, along with an expanded concession menu.

Upcoming in the series is: Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” sung in German and captured live at Vienna State Opera, Sunday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m.; the New York City Philharmonic production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” starring Stephen Colbert, Neal Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, Martha Plimpton and others Sundays, March 9 and 16, at 1:30 p.m. and Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m.; W.A. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” sung in German and captured live at the Salzburg Festival, Sunday, March 23, at 1:30 p.m.; Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” sung in French and captured live at Paris Opera, Sunday, March 30, at 1:30 p.m.; and Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel & Gretel,” sung in German and captured live at Paris Opera, Sunday, April 6, at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call 338-5087.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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