Maria Stuarda (La Scala)

Conducted by Antonino Fogliani
Directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi
Starring Mariella Devia and Anna Caterina Antonacci
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
2 hrs 39 mins plus one intermission

“Maria Stuarda” premiered at La Scala in 1835. The opera is famous for the real-life power struggles that took place on stage during the rehearsals, and on opening night, between the two prima donnas. No such drama in this La Scala production, where the luminous Mariella Devia as Maria Stuarda and Anna Caterina Antonacci as Elisabetta came together in wonderful harmony. Act I, Scene 1 – The Palace of Westminster. A tourney is given in honor of the French ambassador, who is negotiating a marriage proposal between Queen Elizabeth and the King of France. While Elizabeth contemplates it out of duty, she secretly pines for Leicester, who is absent from the court. Talbot intercedes on behalf of the royal prisoner Maria Stuart, imprisoned in Fotheringay Castle since fleeing from Scotland. The Queen is torn, at once sympathetic for and wary of Maria; Leicester arrives and is commissioned to take to the French Ambassador Elizabeth’s acceptance of the offer of marriage. Privately, Talbot gives Leicester a portrait of Maria and a letter from her and Leicester resolves to free the woman he loves by any means. His enthusiasm for her rival’s cause reminds Elizabeth of Maria’s attempts to take both the English throne and the man she loves. Scene 2 – The grounds of Fotheringay Castle. As the royal carriage approaches, Maria regrets having asked Elizabeth for a meeting, but supported by Leicester’s assurances, agrees to stay and face her. Elizabeth has mixed feelings, simultaneously dismissive of Cecil’s urgings that she execute Maria and enraged by the fervor with which Leicester argues her rival’s case. The queens confront one another, each suspicious of the other’s motives. Maria makes an effort to humble herself, asking for clemency, but Elizabeth provokes Maria, who in turn taunts her adversary. Furious, Elizabeth advises her to expect her death sentence, but Maria exults in her temporary triumph. INTERMISSION Act II, Scene 1 – The Palace of Westminster. Elizabeth hesitates to sign the death warrant, despite Cecil’s urgings that her safety and that of the realm depend on Maria’s death. Only the arrival of Leicester and his prayers for mercy provoke her into ordering him to witness the execution. Scene 2 – Maria’s apartment in Fotheringay. Maria exults over her humiliation of Elizabeth, but fears that Leicester may be in danger. Cecil brings the death warrant. She admits to Talbot that she is oppressed by her sins and confesses to guilt over the murder of her husband, Darnley. Talbot gives her absolution. Scene 3 – A room next to the execution chamber. Maria’s friends lament her fate, but she faces death calmly. For her last requests, she forgives Elizabeth and tries to calm the grief-stricken Leicester. She goes resolutely to her death as her friends grieve over her fate.

Inequality for All

A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as
he looks to raise awareness of the country’s widening economic gap.

At the heart of the film is a simple proposition: what is a good society, and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of our nation’s economic health? We are endeavoring for INEQUALITY FOR ALL to be a paradigm-shifting, eye-opening experience forthe American public. We want to accurately show through a non-partisan perspective why extreme income inequality is such an important topic for our citizens today and for the future of America.

 

Friday  7pm, 9pm

Saturday 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm

Sunday 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm

Monday 8:00pm

Tuesday 2 :30,  8:00pm

Wednesday  no screening
Thursday Closed for Thanksgiving

 

 

 

Fire in the Blood

A new release from International Film Circuit, distributor of The Waiting Room, Emmy-winner Where Soldiers Come From, Peabody-winner My Perestroika, The Devil Came on Horseback and the Academy Award-nominated film Darwin’s Nightmare:

FIRE IN THE BLOOD

FIRE IN THE BLOOD is the shocking exposé of how pharmaceutical companies use patent law and international trade agreements to keep profits unconscionably high, at the expense of peoples’ lives. This powerful and timely film shows the urgency of ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, life-saving generic medicines, a message made all the more relevant amidst the ongoing debate over affordable healthcare in the United States.

SPECIAL World AIDS Day Event

December 1st 7:30PM
The Picture House Pelham, NY

 

Screening & Discussion with:

Eric Sawyer (co-founder of ACT UP, Housing Works & Health GAP, UNAIDS advisor) and

Mark Milano (ACT UP activist & co-founder of Health GAP)

Trailer: http://fireintheblood.com

“Fiercely committed. Compellingly argued. An imperative exposé.”
– Andrew Schenker, TIME OUT NY

“Gray’s images are exquisite and unsparing.
Artful in nearly every frame.”

– Daphne Howland, VILLAGE VOICE

“Urgent topic.  Illuminating content. Moving message.”

 – Miriam Bale, NEW YORK TIMES

“Extremely moving. Powerful.
A shocking account of international trade terrorism.”

- David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Utterly absorbing and impossible to forget.”
- Jeremy Aspinall, BBC RADIO TIMES

“The one film that I’d put to the top of your must-see list.  
You will be moved and enraged. A beautiful film to watch.”

- Tom Roston, PBS DOC SOUP

 

Synopsis: An intricate tale of “medicine, monopoly and malice”, FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to affordable AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing 10 million or more unnecessary deaths. It is also the inspiring story of the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as President Bill Clinton, Bishop Desmond Tutu and economist Joseph Stiglitz, FIRE IN THE BLOOD is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Corporate Crime of the Century’ and save millions of lives.

As the film makes clear, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is really just beginning.

 

Cast:  William Hurt (narrator), Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, Joseph Stiglitz, James Love, Yusuf Hamied, Zackie Achmat, Peter Mugyenyi, Edwin Cameron, Eric Goemaere, Noor Jehan Majid, Denis Broun, Suniti Solomon, Nomvuselolo Kalolo and others.

 

About Filmmaker DYLAN MOHAN GRAY – Director/Producer/Writer/Editor
Born of Punjabi-Irish parentage and trained as a historian, Dylan Mohan Gray has worked in various capacities on feature films in over two dozen countries worldwide, in close collaboration with numerous acclaimed directors including Fatih Akin, Peter Greenaway, Paul Greengrass, Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair.

Dylan completed university studies in History and Film at Dartmouth College (US), as well as at the University of Vienna and the Budapest University of Economics. He holds graduate degrees in History from the Central European University and the University of the State of New York, with a research focus on historiography and geographic dimensions of identity.

He was also a resident in Film at Canada’s renowned Banff Centre for the Arts, and has a special interest in political stories with significant international and historical components, often involving complex ethical conflicts.

Dylan founded the production company Sparkwater India in 2005. He lives and works in Mumbai (Bombay) and Fire in the Blood is his first feature-length film as writer/director.

About International Film Circuit

 

International Film Circuit (InFC) was founded by Wendy Lidell in 1987 to bring quality international cinema to American audiences through innovative distribution strategies. For 26 years, the company has successfully launched critically acclaimed documentaries that have garnered countless awards, including two Academy Award nominees, two Peabody Award winners and half a dozen Emmy Award winners.

 

http://www.youtube.com/embed/eVf2UUu_w4o

 

 

 

 

 

On Nov 13th 2013, The Picture House hosted a special screening of Head Games with Q&A Nov 13th

 

 

The Picture House is excited to announce the screening of the  powerful documentary Head Games, which is about the issues surrounding head injuries in children’s sports. ABC news said “Head Games” exposes viewers to one of the leading public health issues of our time, raising the question “How much are you willing to lose for a game?”  Please join us for this FREE SCREENING with Q&A by leading NYU Doctors who specialize in head trauma.

 

Unknown-3
Center Co-Director, Laura J. Balcer, MD, MSCE is Professor and Vice Chair of theDepartment of Neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center. A neurologist and epidemiologist, Dr. Balcer is a co-leader of national collaborative clinical and research efforts in the neuro-ophthalmology of multiple sclerosis (MS) and sports-related concussion.
Dr. Balcer received her medical degree in 1991 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following residency in neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Balcer’s postgraduate training included a clinical fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology in 1996 and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology (M.S.C.E.) at Penn in 2000.

During the past 15 years, Dr. Balcer’s clinical and research work has focused on the development of visual function tests and other outcomes for clinical trials in multiple sclerosis (MS).  Using the non-invasive technique of optical coherence tomography (OCT), Dr. Balcer’s collaborative teams at Penn, Johns Hopkins, University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas, University of Pittsburgh and University of California San Francisco have led international efforts to model axonal and neuronal loss in vivo in patients with MS.
Dr. Balcer’s expertise has been more recently sought to examine new vision-based tests and other tools for concussion diagnosis and management.  Assessments of rapid number naming (King-Devick test) and the Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC) scale of the SCAT2 have suggested important correlations of vision and cognition among professional athletes.  Dr. Balcer has also provided specialized care for collegiate and professional athletes at Penn prior to joining NYU Langone in November 2012.  She is a member of the Ivy League Concussion Committee and a co-director of a collaborative concussion research effort between the Ivy League and Big 10.  Dr. Balcer was recently appointed as a member of a new NCAA Concussion Task Force.

Unknown-1
Steven Galetta, MD is currently the Philip K. Moskowitz, MD, Professor of Neurology, and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Formerly, he was the Associate Dean of Admissions for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also served as the Director of Neurological Training and Neuro-ophthalmology at Penn for over two decades. Dr. Galetta received his MD from Cornell University Medical College. He then completed his neurology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and his neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami.

Dr. Galetta has served on the editorial board for the journals Neurology, and the Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology.  He is co-author of the textbook, Neuro-ophthalmology: Diagnosis and Management. In 2004, he was named the American Neurological Association’s distinguished teacher of the year. He was also named the Robert J. Glaser Alpha Omega Alpha distinguished teacher of the year by the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2004. In 2008, he received the Parker Palmer award from the ACGME for his contributions to graduate medical education. Dr. Galetta has been involved in various capacities in a large number of clinical trials and has over 200 original publications concerning clinical, radiologic and research aspects of multiple sclerosis, sports related concussion and neuro-ophthalmology
.

About The Film

From acclaimed director Steve James, Head Games is a revealing documentary about the silent concussion crisis in American sports. Athletes from the professional to the youth levels share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, an epidemic fueled by the ‘leave everything on the field’ culture so prominent in American sport. Inspired by events from the book Head Games written by former Ivy League football star and WWE wrestler Christopher Nowinski, and featuring interviews with Nowinski, Bob Costas (NBC Sports), Keith Primeau (NHL All-Star), Cindy Parlow Cone (Olympic Gold Medalist, Women’s Soccer), and many more, the film contrasts eye-opening evidence and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation’s leading medical experts with first-hand accounts from the athletes, coaches and parents who must tread the difficult balance between sports excellence and basic self-preservation. Head Games exposes viewers to one of the leading public health issues of our time, raising the question: “How much of you are you willing to lose for a game?”
Sponsored by Symmetry Physical Therapy, NYU and Pelham Youth Hockey Association

The Nutcracker Magical Matinee

The Nutcracker Magical Matinee

 Sunday December 15th 1:30pm

 

New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker Movie, Live Performances and Sugarplum Treats

 

The Nutcracker Magical Matinee, a special holiday event that will take place on Sunday December 15th at 1:30pm for families and kids of all ages.  The cinematic version of New York City Ballet’s classic production brings George Balanchine’s chorography to the big screen.  The Nutcracker will be presented in the Main Hall, at a special film event trimmed with beautifully costumed ballerinas greeting attendees upon arrival, a live dance performance, photo opportunities and special treats.

 

The Nutcracker movie is the beloved tale of a young girl whose dreams transport her to a fantasy land of Mice Kings and fairytale sweets that come to life. The film features a legendary all-star cast from New York City Ballet, including Darci Kistler and Damian Woetzel as the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier, with a cameo appearance by a young McCauley Culkin as the Nutcracker Prince. Kevin Kline narrates the story. The matinee event will open with a live performance by youth members of Ballet Arts’ dance program featuring excerpts from The Nutcracker Act II.  Dancers in costumes will be available for photo opportunities during intermission.

 

The Picture House is presenting this enchanting matinee event to give young audiences an authentic (yet more forgiving), formal theater experience, close to home and at affordable ticket prices.   Printed programs with a synopsis of the story, casting and performance notes will be distributed by glittering ballerinas at the door.  The Nutcracker film is the same production performed by New York City Ballet each December at Lincoln Center.

Tickets for The Nutcracker Magical Matinee are priced at $25 for general admission, $15 for members, and may be purchased online through our website or at the box office during theater hours.  Advance booking are suggested.

 

 

Coming Soon!

Upcoming at The Picture House

Tom Hanks

Capt Phillips
Nov 29th – December 13th
Main Hall

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Starring Tom Hanks

Kill-Your-Darlings-Banner

Kill Your Darlings
December 6th – 13th
Main Hall

Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet’s early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat author William Burroughs. The year is 1944. Ginsberg (Radcliffe) is a young student at Columbia University when he falls hopelessly under the spell of charismatic classmate Carr (Dane DeHaan). Alongside Carr, Ginsberg manages to strike up friendships with aspiring writers William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) that would cast conformity to the wind, and serve as the foundation of the Beat movement. Meanwhile, an older outsider named David Krammerer falls deeply and madly in love with the impossibly cool Carr. Later, when Krammerer dies under mysterious circumstances, police arrest Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr as potential suspects, paving the way for an investigation that would have a major impact on the lives of the three emerging artists. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyra Sedgwick, David Cross, and Michael C. Hall co-star.

 

Idris-Seun

American Promise

December 6th – 13th

Screening Room

In 1999, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson turned the camera on themselves and began filming their five-year-old son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, as they started kindergarten at the prestigious Dalton School just as the private institution was committing to diversify its student body. Their cameras continued to follow both families for another 12 years as the paths of the two boys diverged one continued private school while the other pursued a very different route through the public education system.

 

all-is-lost-trailer-0812013-144250

All is Lost
December 13th – 19th
Main Hall

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his
mariner’s intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the
face.

About-Time-UK-Quad-Poster-585x443

About Time
December 20th – 26th
Main Hall

At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time… The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place…by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too. About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.

muscle-shoals-image-660x3711

Muscle Shoals
November 29th to December 5th
Screening Room

MUSCLE SHOALS is a documentary about a place filled with magic and music, legend and folklore, where the river is inhabited by a Native American spirit who has lured some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time, and drawn from them some of the most uplifting, defiant, and important music ever created. In Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music runs through the hills, the river, and the spirit of the people. It is a place where, even before the Civil Rights Movement really took shape, the color of your skin didn’t matter inside the studio.

-1

Broken Circle Breakdown
December 13th – 19th
Screening Room

The Misfortunates director Felix Van Groeningen returns with this romantic melodrama about two passionate young lovers who find their happy future threatened by an unforeseen tragedy. The moment Elise (Veerle Baetens) laid eyes on Didier (Johan Heldenbergh), it was love at first sight. He was an atheist banjo player in a spirited bluegrass band, and she was the devout owner of a small tattoo shop. Although their personalities and belief systems were hopelessly at odds, Elise and Didier somehow managed to establish a deeply spiritual bond. Shortly after moving into a picturesque farmhouse, the couple welcome a beautiful baby daughter named Maybelle. For the next six years, everything seemed perfect. When young Maybelle falls gravely ill, however, her disparate parents clash in the ways they choose to confront their grim reality. Now, just when Elise and Didier must come together to fight for their daughter’s future, they realize that the differences that once made them strong may ultimately become their downfall.

large_SOME_VELVET_MORNING_1_pubs

Some Velvet Morning
December 20 – 26th
Screening Room

Misanthropic indie auteur Neil LaBute wades the treacherous waters of male/female relationships yet again with this story of a man named Fred (Stanley Tucci) who reappears in the life of young and beautiful Velvet (Alice Eve) unannounced following a four-year absence. Subsequently, the more Fred reveals about his reasons for leaving in the first place, the greater the tensions between he and Velvet grow until exploding into a thermonuclear game of he said/she said.

download-2

The Punk Singer
December 27th – January 2nd
Screening Room

Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage* and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.

 

Westchester Italian FIlm Festival

Picture_House-PW_3.5w_x_6h_ 10.03.13_v3[6]

 

 

1:00pm La Strada

Acclaimed Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini drew on his own circus background for the 1954 classic La Strada. Set in a seedy travelling carnival, this symbolism-laden drama revolves around brutish strongman Zampano (Anthony Quinn), his simple and servile girlfriend Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina, Fellini‘s wife), and clown/aerialist Matto (Richard Basehart). Appalled at Zampano’s insensitive treatment of Gelsomina, the gentle-natured Matto invites her to run off with him; but Gelsomina, like a faithful pet, refuses to leave the strong man’s side. Eventually Zampano’s volcanic temper erupts once too often, leading to tragic consequences. Written by Fellini and Tullio Pinelli and scored by Nino Rota, La Strada was the winner of the first official Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, awarded in 1956.

3:00pm Nights of Cabiria

Nights of Cabiria opens with Cabiria (Giulietta Masina) and her boyfriend playfully embracing by the seaside — and then he shoves her into the water and steals her purse. Cabiria is revived by some local boys and runs off by herself, shouting. What follows is a series of similarly humiliating episodes, in which the defiantly positive prostitute Cabiria is hurt, but never broken. She gets picked up by movie star Alberto Lazzati (Amedeo Nazzari, doing a self-parody) and taken to his palatial estate. However, his mistress shows up and Cabiria gets locked in the bathroom all night with the dog. She then joins her fellow prostitutes for a blessing from the Virgin Mary, and ends up getting drunk and wandering into a local show, where the hypnotist invites her to join him on-stage. The audience heckles her, and she toughly reminds them of her independence and that she owns her own house. There she meets Oscar (François Perier), an accountant who romantically pursues her. Despite the warnings of her fellow prostitute friend, Wanda (Franca Marzi), she prepares to sell all her belongings and accept Oscar’s proposal of marriage. After being ruthlessly taken advantage of once again, Cabiria walks off alone with a smirk of hope.

5:30pm 8 1/2

Fresh off of the international success of La Dolce Vita, master director Federico Fellini moved into the realm of self-reflexive autobiography with what is widely believed to be his finest and most personal work. Marcello Mastroianni delivers a brilliant performance as Fellini’s alter ego Guido Anselmi, a film director overwhelmed by the large-scale production he has undertaken. He finds himself harangued by producers, his wife, and his mistress while he struggles to find the inspiration to finish his film. The stress plunges Guido into an interior world where fantasy and memory impinge on reality. Fellini jumbles narrative logic by freely cutting from flashbacks to dream sequences to the present until it becomes impossible to pry them apart, creating both a psychological portrait of Guido’s interior world and the surrealistic, circus-like exterior world that came to be known as “Felliniesque.” 8 1/2 won an Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, as well as the grand prize at the Moscow Film Festival, and was one of the most influential and commercially successful European art movies of the 1960s, inspiring such later films as Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz (1979), Woody Allen‘s Stardust Memories (1980), and even Lucio Fulci‘s Italian splatter film Un Gatto nel Cervello (1990).

8:00pm La Dolce Vita

In one of the most widely seen and acclaimed European movies of the 1960s, Federico Fellini featured Marcello Mastrioanni as gossip columnist Marcello Rubini. Having left his dreary provincial existence behind, Marcello wanders through an ultra-modern, ultra-sophisticated, ultra-decadent Rome. He yearns to write seriously, but his inconsequential newspaper pieces bring in more money, and he’s too lazy to argue with this setup. He attaches himself to a bored socialite (Anouk Aimée), whose search for thrills brings them in contact with a bisexual prostitute. The next day, Marcello juggles a personal tragedy (the attempted suicide of his mistress (Yvonne Furneaux)) with the demands of his profession (an interview with none-too-deep film star Anita Ekberg). Throughout his adventures, Marcello’s dreams, fantasies, and nightmares are mirrored by the hedonism around him. With a shrug, he concludes that, while his lifestyle is shallow and ultimately pointless, there’s nothing he can do to change it and so he might as well enjoy it. Fellini‘s hallucinatory, circus-like depictions of modern life first earned the adjective “Felliniesque” in this celebrated movie, which also traded on the idea of Rome as a hotbed of sex and decadence. A huge worldwide success, La Dolce Vita won several awards, including a New York Film Critics CIrcle award for Best Foreign Film and the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Prince Avalanche

Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.

 

 

 

Don Giovanni (La Scala)

Conducted by Daniel Barenboim
Directed by Robert Carsen
Choreographed by Philippe Giraudeau
Starring Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel & Peter Mattei
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
3 hrs 15 mins including one intermission

Mozart’s ultimate bad boy meets his match in Anna Netrebko, the opera world’s “hottest female star.” Don Giovanni LIVE stars Peter Mattei as the philandering Don, with Bryn Terfel as his sidekick Leporello, and the velvety voiced Ms. Netrebko as the much-abused Donna Anna. This audience favorite, for both its surprisingly modern plot and soaring melodies, is broadcast LIVE from opening night at La Scala, with Daniel Barenboim at the podium.

Rigoletto (Teatro Antico di Taormina)

Conducted by Gianluigi Martinenghi
Directed by Enrico Castiglione
Starring Carlos Almaguer, Gianluca Terranova, Rocio Ignacio, Gianfranco Montresor
Sung in Italian
2 hrs 20 mins plus two intermissions

CAST

Rigoletto: Carlos Almaguer
Duke of Mantua: Gianluca Terranova
Gilda: Rocio Ignacio
Count Monterone: Gianfranco Montresor
Sparafucile: Emanuele Cordaro
Magdalene: Sofi Koberidze

CREATIVE

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Director & Set Designer: Enrico Castiglione
Conductor:  Gianluigi Martinenghi
Orchestra: Sinfonica Bellini
Chorus Lirico Siciliano
Choir Master: Francesco Costa
Costumes: Sonia Cammarata

Performed live on July 9, 2013