A movie theater is like a middle-school dance: the lights are dim, there’s not much talking, and it’s an acceptable place to cry in public. Make a date with this Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to one film screening of a ballet or opera in cinema at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (up to a $30 value). Choose from the following screenings:
- The Bolshoi Ballet’s The Bright Stream Ballet in Cinema screening on Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m.
- The Royal London Ballet’s La Fille Mal Gardée Ballet in Cinema screening on Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m.
- Ernani from Bologna Opera in Cinema screening on Saturday, May 26 at 1 p.m.
- Teatro Regio di Torino’s Vespri Siciliani Opera in Cinema screening on Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m.<p>
The Brooks Museum’s opera and ballet cinema series carves a screen-size window into Europe’s most venerable cultural institutions with high-def digital projections of recent world-class performances. Banned for decades in Russia by Stalin’s order, Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Bright Stream finds zany, lighthearted comedy on a collectivist farm under the Soviet regime. Renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky leads Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet through a culture clash between a troupe of citified dancers and the rustic workers they set out to entertain. Jealous lovers, bumbling retirees, and cross-dressing deception weave through the plot to ravishing dances and a score inspired by Russian folk music.
Originally performed in 1789, La Fille Mal Gardée stands as one of the oldest consistently produced pieces in the ballet repertoire. Using the now-standard 1960 staging by Sir Frederick Ashton—the founding choreographer of the Royal Ballet—the piece sends a young woman spinning between the allure of a handsome suitor and the wealthy but unappealing heir her mother has chosen for her.
A pair of infrequently staged Verdi operas sing out the late spring from stages in their native Italy. Based on a play by Victor Hugo, Ernani sends the dashing title bandit in to rescue Elvira from both an arranged marriage to an older man who slurps his soup and the predations of King Charles. Vespri Siciliani thrusts history even further to the forefront with a tale of treachery and occupation as the French seize Palermo in 1282. Tenor and world-renowned bel canto expert Gregory Kunde takes on the anguish of romantic lead Arrigo in a score that rarely presents reprieve from the tumult of its story.
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