The Classical Programme showcases presentations from worldwide prestigious contemporary performing arts companies including acclaimed productions of theatre, opera and ballet.
Choreographed by the brilliant Helgi Tomasson, San Francisco Ballet’s magnificent production of Nutcracker is one of the world's finest productions of the classic ballet, playing to unanimous critic acclaim and sold-out audiences each December. Set to the music of legendary great Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker is a treasured holiday tradition for families everywhere! With each scene of sugar plum fairies, fighting mice and magical journeys to enchanted lands more breathtaking than the last, Nutcracker truly is what dreams are made of.
Beautiful, romantic and dramatic on an epic scale, a new version of the fairytale classic has been created for the Birmingham Royal Ballet as the highlight of its 20th anniversary season. The Christmas 2010 production marks the world premiere of the first new three act story ballet this century.
Three geniuses: Shakespeare meets Mendelssohn meets Balanchine at Sadler's Wells for enchanting A Midsummer Night's Dream ballet. Choreographed by artistic genius George Balanchine, Shakespeare’s comedy of magic and love’s delusions is a supreme audience pleaser, set to the beautiful music of Felix Mendelssohn. The Pacific Northwest Ballet, based in Seattle, is one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States and known for its fascination with George Balanchine. A Midsummer’s Night Dream is a milestone for the company, winning the highest award from IMZ Dance Screen.
The remarkable 7th Century BC Greek theatre in Taormina is the site for this powerful production of Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca. The role of Tosca seems made for the celebrated Vienna-born soprano Martina Serafin. Her fiery passion is matched by the great baritone Renato Bruson’s extraordinary Scarpia, crushed between relentless passion for Tosca and the demands of political duty. Enrico Castiglione directs the work with tremendous originality and dramatic power.
Stunning cult Italian soprano Francesca Patanè sizzles in the title role of one of the most famous operas of all time. Supported by a cast of international stars, Puccini’s Turandot is masterfully directed by Enrico Castiglione. The combination of powerful performances and Taormina’s unique setting (beautiful 7th century BC Greek theatre overlooking the Mediterranean) make this Turandot unforgettable.
Hugely popular, Aida continues to be one of the most famous operas and is one of the great successes of Teatro Antico in Taormina. Directed by Maestro Enrico Castiglione and starring exciting Belgian soprano Isabelle Kabatu, Aida has a terrific cast including Salvatore Licitra, Juan Pons and Rossana Rinaldi. The ambiance of Taormina’s remarkable ancient Greek Theatre makes Aida a magical experience, situated at the heart of the little southern Italian town, on the top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean.
For sheer entertainment, La Fille du Régiment can’t be beat. Especially when it’s served in such a saucy light-footed way by French soprano Natalie Dessay, not only a dazzling singer but also a gifted actress. She effortlessly sweeps her castmates along in this turbulent buffo delight. Her co-star is Juan Diego Flórez, one of the leading young tenors of our time.
Andrea Breth’s “phenomenal ‘Onegin’ interpretation” (F.A.Z.) features a tour de force performance by fabulously gifted baritone Peter Mattei. His co-star, dazzling Russian soprano Anna Samuil, has already been acclaimed as one of the vibrant new voices on the operatic stage. Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic bring the beguilingly dark score to life with flashes of brilliance.
Carmen makes a triumphant return to the theater of its birthplace: the opulent, newly renovated Opéra Comique in Paris. The new critically-heralded production of Carmen is brilliantly staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Adrian Noble and ignited by the performances of the spectacular soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci in the title role and an all-star cast.
Teatro Real’s much-awaited production of Katia Kabanova, featuring Karita Mattila's triumphant performance, is universally universally acclaimed by critics as a perfect piece of opera. The production dazzles due to the stunning beauty of Canadian Robert Carsen's theatrical production, his magical direction and a bold and powerfully poetic stage design. All the action takes place on a huge expanse of water, filled with the reflections of extraordinarily graceful images shaped by exquisite lighting.
Cinema meets Dance
London Children's Ballet,80 minsNutcracker (Tchaikovsky)
San Francisco Ballet, 95 minsDavid Bintley's Cinderella
Birmingham Royal Ballet, 120 minA Midsummer Night’s Dream
Pacific Northwest Ballet at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 94 mins
Cinema meets Opera
- Tosca (Puccini)
Teatro Antico di Taormina, 127 minsTurandot (Puccini)
Teatro Antico di Taormina, 120 minsAida (Verdi)
Teatro Antico di Taormina, 138 minsLa Fille du Régiment (Donizetti)
Metropolitan Opera/Covent Garden/Vienna State Opera, 135 minsEugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Vienna State Opera, 158 minsCarmen (Bizet)
Opéra Comique, 169 minsKatia Kabanova (Janacek)
Teatro Real Madrid, 108 mins
- King's Singers and Paisley Abbey Choir Chrismas Concert
UK, 53 and 24 mins
The Documentary Programme showcases presentations from worldwide companies.
One man's search into the nightmare of the killing fields
Germany, 112 min
Art on Art
- 5 Time_Champion
USA, 92 minSanta’s Cool Holiday Film Festival
USA, 120 minThe Red Machine
Genre: Suspense; Country: USA, 84 minTreasure Hunter
Genre: Action/Martial Arts; Country: Taiwan, 106 min
Cinema meets horror series
- Zombie Dawn
USA, 112 minSlime City Massacre
USA, 112 minHobo with a Shotgun
USA, 85 min
The holy land doesn't seem quite the same after the Pythons have visited it.
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