Palace Opera and Ballet Globe on Screen


Palace Opera and Ballet Globe on Screen

Palace Opera and Ballet Globe on Screen

Palace Cinemas is excited to announce three titles this season will give audiences an up-close experience of the Globe from the comfort of their seat. Globe on Screen harnesses the magic that draws people to the home of Shakespeare year after year.

Olivier Award-winning actress Janie Dee (Me & Orson Welles) is a delight as the Countess of Roussillon in All's Well That Ends Well, directed by John Dove as an uplifting romantic comedy. The orphaned heroine Helena (Ellie Piercey) will stop at nothing to win the proud young aristocrat Bertram (Sam Crane) who is forced to marry her but instantly abandons her. Sumptuous costumes, outstanding original music, and a fine ensemble of actors captured the spirit of Shakespeare's complex Chekhovian comedy.

Shakespeare's wittiest of comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, pairs Olivier Award-winning actress Eve Best (The King's Speech, Nurse Jackie, Shackleton, The Shadow Line) and Charles Edwards (An Ideal Husband, Downton Abbey), as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick, and also features Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) as Leonato. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, this fearless display of Shakespeare's wit and wisdom, in which words become weapons, comes to sparkling life.

Completing the Globe's cinema season is a spectacular production of Christopher Marlowe's tragedy Doctor Faustus, directed by Matthew Dunster. The legendary story of a man who sells his soul to the devil for power and pleasure is given a bright and brilliant interpretation with puppets, pyrotechnics and magic tricks. Arthur Darvill, whose screen credits includes the movie Pelican Blood but is best known as Doctor Who's sidekick in the cult British TV classic, plays Mephistopheles. Paul Hilton, whose big screen credits include Wuthering Heights and Klimt with John Malkovich, takes the title role.

Palace brings the grandeur of Europe's finest stages to Australian cinemas with brand new productions from The Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet, Glyndebourne, Shakespeare's Globe and, for the first time, the incredible spectacle of Opera On Ice featured in the Palace Opera & Ballet season for 2012/2013.

"With the conversion of Palace Cinemas to state of the art HD digital projection; patrons can now enjoy spectacular events in all their glory without needing to fly to London or New York. We are particularly thrilled with the line-up featured in the 2012/13 season," said Executive Director Benjamin Zeccola.

"The improvement in resolution and sound makes viewing Opera and Ballet at the cinema a truly extraordinary experience."

Partnering with Glyndebourne and The Royal Opera House, Palace Opera & Ballet 2012/13 will provide audiences with the opportunity to see 13 magnificent new productions, and now including the spectacular Opera on Ice, captured live from the Arena di Verona.

For the first time in its distinguished history, Italy's historic Verona arena opens its doors to figure skating for this ground-breaking new show. Combining the beauty and skill of ice skating with some of the most famous arias from 12 of the world's greatest operas, this is an event to bring together aficionados of music and sport. Among the skaters taking part are world number one Carolina Kostner, winner of the European Championships, and Olympic champion Stephane Lambiel.

Other highlights of the Palace Opera & Ballet 2012/13 season include the Glyndebourne production of the Ravel Double Bill, the Royal Opera's presentation of the epic Les Troyens, La Bohéme, Royal Ballet performances of the great classics The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Eugene Onegin and the thrilling step by Plácido Domingo, one of the most celebrated talents of our time, into the baritone repertory with Nabucco.

The season launches on September 14 with Glyndebourne's The Cunning Little Vixen and culminates with award-winning director Richard Jones' contemporary production of Gloriana in August 2013.

Captured in stunning high definition and screening with digitally recorded surround sound, these world-class productions provide a unique experience capturing all the music, drama, artistry and some behind-the-scenes footage never seen before of the world's finest operas and ballet.

The Cunning Little Vixen (Glyndebourne) Sep 14, 15, 16 & 19 - 2012
Perhaps the only opera to be inspired by a newspaper cartoon strip, The Cunning Little Vixen features a cast of animal characters in a depiction of rural life that is rich in both humour and humanity.

Opera On Ice Sep 21, 22, 23 & 26 (VIC & NSW) Oct 5, 6, 7 & 10 (QLD) Oct 19, 20, 21 & 24 (SA & WA) Nov 30, Dec 1, 2 & 5 (CANBERRA) - 2012
A magnificent combination of figure skating and opera from the world's largest open-air theatre in stunning HD. Expect to hear arias from the likes of 'Don Giovanni', 'Aida', 'Carmen', 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Turandot', 'Tosca' and 'La Traviata'.

All's Well That Ends Well - (Shakespeare's Globe) Sep 28, 29, 30 & Oct 3 - 2012
Olivier Award-winning actress Janie Dee (Me & Orson Welles) is a delight as the Countess of Roussillon in All's Well That Ends Well, directed by John Dove as an uplifting romantic comedy. The orphaned heroine Helena (Ellie Piercey) will stop at nothing to win the proud young aristocrat Bertram (Sam Crane) who is forced to marry her but instantly abandons her. Sumptuous costumes, outstanding original music, and a fine ensemble of actors captured the spirit of Shakespeare's complex Chekhovian comedy.

Le nozze di Figaro (Glyndebourne) Oct 12, 13, 14 & 17 - 2012
This new production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro brings together two thrilling artistic talents in director Michael Grandage and Glyndebourne's Music Director-in-waiting, Robin Ticciati. Rising British soprano Sally Matthews makes her Glyndebourne Festival debut as the Countess alongside Italian baritone Vito Priante in his debut as Figaro.

Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare's Globe) Oct 19, 20, 21 & 24 2012
Shakespeare's wittiest of comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, pairs Olivier Award-winning actress Eve Best (The King's Speech, Nurse Jackie, Shackleton, The Shadow Line) and Charles Edwards (An Ideal Husband, Downton Abbey), as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick, and also features Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) as Leonato. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, this fearless display of Shakespeare's wit and wisdom, in which words become weapons, comes to sparkling life.

Ravel Double Bill (Glyndebourne) Nov 9, 10, 11 & 14 - 2012
This production of Ravel's only two one-act operas will reunite director Laurent Pelly and conductor Kazushi Ono, who made their Glyndebourne debuts in 2008 with Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel. While L'enfant et les Sortilèges shares with that opera a child's-eye view of a sometimes threatening world, L'heure Espagnole is a thoroughly adult confection.

Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare's Globe) Nov 2, 3, 4 & 7.
Completing the Globe's cinema season is a spectacular production of Christopher Marlowe's tragedy Doctor Faustus, directed by Matthew Dunster. The legendary story of a man who sells his soul to the devil for power and pleasure is given a bright and brilliant interpretation with puppets, pyrotechnics and magic tricks. Arthur Darvill, whose screen credits includes the movie Pelican Blood but is best known as Doctor Who's sidekick in the cult British TV classic, plays Mephistopheles. Paul Hilton, whose big screen credits include Wuthering Heights and Klimt with John Malkovich, takes the title role.

Les Troyens (Royal Opera) Dec 8 & 12 - 2012
Les Troyens is opera at its most epic. The sheer scale of its story, music, passion, staging and performers make this one of the great Royal Opera events of the decade. Berlioz's great work is one of the most fabulously rich of all operas, a tour de force of passion in music, with extraordinarily demanding roles.

Swan Lake (Royal Ballet) Dec 21, 22, 23 & 24 - 2012
The greatest of all romantic ballets, Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music. Though Tchaikovsky did not live to see the work become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture.

The Nutcracker (Royal Ballet) Feb 1, 2, 3 & 6 - 2013
Tchaikovsky's score contains some of the best know melodies in ballet, from the flurrying sounds of the Waltz of the Snowflakes to the dreamlike dance of The Sugar Plumb Fairy and the vigorous Russian Dance. Enjoy an enchanting outing with the family, which includes a magically growing Christmas tree, a midnight battle of toy soldiers, a magical snowstorm, the Kingdom of the Sweets, The Sugar Plum Fairy, her handsome Prince and a glittering court in a series of dazzling dance.

La bohème (Royal Opera) March 1, 2, 3 & 6 - 2013
Teeming with period detail, John Copley's definitive production of this much-loved opera is traditional opera at its best. From a shabby garret to the bustling Cafe Momus to a snowy courtyard at dawn, this minutely observed panorama of 1830s Parisian life, beautifully designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman, conjures emotions and atmosphere ranging from joy to tragedy, in large-scale crowd scenes and intimate tableaux.

Eugene Onegin (Royal Opera) May 10, 11, 12 & 15 - 2013
An opera full of poignancy and exquisite sensitivity to the nuances of growing up and wrestling to understand your emotions, Eugene Onegin is an inspiring vehicle for Kasper Holten's first production for The Royal Opera. Working with the Danish set designer Mia Stensgaard, whose design hallmark is clean, strong images ripe with emotion, and fielding a brilliant cast (including Simon Keenlyside in the title role), Holten will provide a fresh reading of this classic opera.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Ballet) May 24, 25, 26 & 29 - 2013
Those familiar with Lewis Carroll's literary menagerie of colourful characters will enjoy the clarity with which Christopher Wheeldon portrays them in dance. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a brilliantly imagined show and, with a magical score, ingeniously inventive designs and a wealth of theatrical effects, has something for everyone to treasure.

Nabucco (Royal Opera) June 7, 8, 9 & 12 - 2013
Plácido Domingo, one of the most celebrated talents of our time, takes another thrilling step into the baritone repertory as he sings the title role of Nabucco for the first time. This is a rare chance to see a genre-defining masterwork, containing some of the greatest choral music ever written, along with some wonderful arias and ensembles.

La donna del lago (Royal Opera) Jul 19, 20, 21 & 24 - 2013
The ultimate bel canto cast is assembled for this important yet rarely performed masterpiece. Based on Sir Walter Scott's poem The Lady of the Lake, La donna del lago promises to be a musical revelation.

Gloriana (Royal Opera) Aug 2, 3, 4 & 7
Award-winning director Richard Jones (Il trittico, Anna Nicole) directs a Gloriana for our time, framing the depiction of the 16th-century Queen in a setting that re-creates the excitement of our own Queen's Coronation year. A superlative British cast brings to life this under-appreciated gem, a unique tribute both to the nation's monarch and to its greatest opera composer.

VENUES:
Melbourne: Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como
Sydney: Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona
Canberra: Coming February to Canberra Electric
Brisbane: Palace Barracks
Adelaide: Palace Nova Eastend
Perth: Cinema Paradiso

Ticketing Information:
Adult: $27
Concession: $24
Palace Movie Club (Max 2) $24
Student $24
Senior: (60+): $22
Child (14yrs & Under): $15
Groups Of 20 Or More $20
Family Pass (2 Adults/2 Children Or Or 1 Adult/3 Children): $60

For full synopsis regarding productions, session times and ticket sales, please visit www.palaceoperaandballet.com.au


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