There’s an exciting July/August winter line up at the Fugard Bioscope, which presents screenings of the best of world theatre, opera and ballet productions from companies such as the National Theatre, Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Royal Opera House, to be enjoyed from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat. The films are screened in the Fugard’s state-of-the-art Bioscope, including a 7.1 dolby digital surround sound system and full size high definition cinema screen.
|July 9: The Salzburg Opera Festival’s production of ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’
Described by Salzburger Nachricten as “Opera as Great Romantic Cinema”, the two one- act operas, ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ and ‘Pagliacci’ brought record attendances to the Salzburg Easter Festival. No wonder, for Jonas Kaufmann, in his debut performances as both Turiddu and Canio, was “stellar” (Daily Telegraph) and sang “both parts so lyrically, with such italianità, mellow with impeccable highs…a pure delight” (Kurier). Equally impressive are Thielemann – “the uber-conductor” (Telegraph). “What we hear from the pit is sensational in its nuances” (Kurier).
August 6: The Globe Theatre’s production of The Merchant of Venice
In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatises the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy; while in the character of Shylock he created one of the most memorable outsiders in all theatre. Double Olivier and Tony award winner Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock in his first appearance at Shakespeare`s Globe, directed by Jonathan Munby.
August 13: The Royal Opera House’s production of ‘Otello’
World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi`s passionate retelling of Shakespeare`s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tezier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner.
A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi`s ‘Otello’ draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers.
* Screenings take place at The Fugard Bioscope at 11am. Tickets cost R100 and can be booked at Computicket, or the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.
For further information about the programme, visit www.thefugard.com.