Theater challenges audiences by blending the real and the imaginary, much like a neighbor who accuses you of giving her goiters with your brain. Enhance reality with this GrouponLive deal to see an opera or ballet in cinema at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $8, you get one ticket for orchestra seating (up to a $15 value, including all fees).
- For $8, you get one ticket for balcony seating (up to a $15 value, including all fees).
For each seating option, choose between the following HD shows:
- Adriana Lecouvreur, captured live from the Royal Opera House, on Wednesday, October 10, at 7 p.m.
- Raymonda, captured live from the Bolshoi Theatre, on Wednesday, October 24, at 7 p.m.
Saving fans the effort of renewing their passports, the State Theatre’s Opera in Cinema and Ballet in Cinema series ferry guests to the shores of Europe to catch an extravagant production of the performing arts. With HD viewings of the four-act Italian opera Adriana Lecouvreur, filmed at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and the grand Russian ballet Raymonda, filmed at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, the theater fills every inch of its 46-foot screen with crystal-clear operatic or ballet extravagance.
The captured production of Adriana Lecouvreur was produced by Sir David McVicar, whom the Independent lauds as "opera's bad boy." He brings to life the story's 1730s Parisian setting with rich historical details, such as candlelight and rotary phones. The opera’s stars—soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Jonas Kaufmann—soar through the world that McVicar creates with their powerful, world-class voices aimed toward the rafters. According to Andrew Clark of Financial Times, the pair "radiate sexiness" in this tale of a classic love triangle involving a popular actress, a handsome count, and a jealous princess.
Many classical dance critics have called Raymonda the last "grand ballet" and the crown jewel in the genre’s repertoire of slippered dances. As a score by Alexander Glazunov soundtracks the evening, dance stars Ruslan Skvortsov and Pavel Dmitrichenko portray a beautiful heiress and a noble knight, whose romance blooms through their hand-in-hand fluttering across the stage. Yuri Grigorovich's choreography engages the leads in pas de deux, pas de quatre, variations, and a grand pas classique in the third act.
State Theatre New Jersey
The State Theatre New Jersey was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre New Jersey to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.