Traditional operas mirror Hollywood's modern-day predilection for storybook romance, scene-stopping spectacle, and CGI-enhanced dance numbers. Witness a fusion of artistic mediums with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two tickets to an encore screening of Mozart's The Magic Flute, performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and presented by Opera in Cinema. The showing takes place at the Carmike Cinemas 10 in Richmond on Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
The Emerging Cinemas network presents world-class performing arts, recorded on-scene at internationally recognized theaters and splashes them across the big screen before popcorn-chomping American audiences. Composed by Mozart, The Magic Flute, a two-act opera with both dialogue and singing, tells the story of young prince Tamino and his love interest, Pamina, as they struggle through a series of fantastical trials and stress-induced cupcake binges to realize their union. Professionally filmed, the performance is captured by multiple cameras with a combination of sweeping angles and detailed close-ups, allowing patrons a rare view of production details blasted through Carmike Cinema's high-definition big screens and surround-sound systems. The opera is sung in its original language and is accompanied by English subtitles and Morse code staccato notes for extra plot clarification.
- The wide screen and high definition lends itself to the pleasant excesses of opera, and the camera angles allow intimate views of things we'd never see -- such as the intricate workings of the musicians' fingers. – Anthony del Valle, Las Vegas Review-Journal