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Opera meets cinema in high definition

Published:Thursday | October 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Anna Netrebko, the fabulous Russian diva as Adina stands in front of Ambrogio Maestri as the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara, in a scene from 'LíElisir díAmore'. - Contributed

Palace Amusement is continuing its latest initiative, the Met Opera in HD, after recently joining 1900 theatres worldwide.

In 2012, Jamaica, along with Bolivia, Guatemala, India, Madagascar and Qatar, joined the ranks of Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live transmissions to movie theatres around the world, which will feature 12 productions in the 2012-13 season.

Addressing specially invited guests at Carib 5, Douglas Graham, managing director, Palace Amusement, said the capacity for alternative content was realised when the company converted its projections from analog to digital, facilitating projections in 3D signals from a satellite, a hard drive, fibre optics or television transmission.

"This can take the form of opera, ballet, Broadway/West-End dramas, concerts, and musicals, sporting events from foreign and local sources. We made a start with Premier League football in conjunction with Sportsmax," said Douglas.

Graham described the move as a bold investment made at the worst time in living financial memory.

Live on screen

The Met LIVE ON SCREEN for the 2012-2013 season starts on Saturday, October 13 at 11:55 a.m. at Carib 5, with L'Elisir d'Amore starring Anna Netrebko. It will be shown again as an encore eight or nine days later at Palace Cineplex in Liguanea, in Palace Multiplex in Montego Bay, and Odeon Cineplex in Mandeville.

In L'Elisir d'Amore, the acclaimed Russian soprano, Anna Netrebko headlines her second consecutive season-opening gala for the Metropolitan Opera in her house role as Adina in the new production of Donizetti's comic gem, directed by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Maurizio Benini.

L'Elisir d'Amore tells the story of Adina, the beautiful landowner and the simple peasant (Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino), who falls in love with her. Mariusz Kwiecien sings Adina's arrogant fiancé, Sergeant Belcore, and Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara.

"L'Elisir d'Amore is kind of two operas at the same time," said Sher.

"It's an opera that provides great entertainment, and it's an opera that has something else happening underneath. It's informed by when in Italian history it was written - you can see the early stirrings of a cry for in-dependence."

The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, the Neubauer Family Foundation.

Global corporate sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg. Transmission of The Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline and Paul G. Desmarais Sr.