Opera in Cinema
Thank you for your patience! Our Opera in Cinema Series at Camera 3 Entertainment is back with a new partner, Rising Alternative. And best of all, all productions are now screened as they were meant to be experienced -- in dazzling Sony Digital Cinema 4K (the highest resolution available) with Dolby Digital surround sound, in our spacious large auditorium.
Camera 3 Entertainment is located at 288 S. Second Street in the heart of downtown San Jose, Silicon Valley's center of arts and culture. See acclaimed new productions monthly of popular European based operas -- and sometimes ballets -- featuring the world's greatest stars and companies, Sundays at 12 noon with encore screenings the following Tuesday at 7:15pm.
Tickets are just $18.50, the lowest price for theatrical opera presentations in the South Bay. Partake in specialty coffees or beer and wine in the lobby before and after the show. And of course, we offer FREE validated parking in the attached, covered parking garage (just present your same day ticket purchase at the box office). Please note that these are special events, and no discount cards, group discount booklets, passes or re-admits will be accepted.
Click on film title below to purchase tickets now, or purchase day of show at box office
- June 25 (12 noon) & 27 (7:15pm)
- Madama Butterfly (Puccini) -- Festival Euro Mediterraneo/Teatro Antico Taormina (2016)
Running time: 2 hours, 40 mins (sung in Italian, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Myron Michailidis
Director/Set Designer: Enrico Castiglione
Costume Designer: Sonia Cammarata
Cast: Hye Myung Kang, Zoran Todorovich, Ning Liang, Davide Damiani
Synopsis: Nagasaki, early 20th century. The geisha Cio-Cio-San, called Madame Butterfly, has married an American naval officer, Pinkerton, who deserts her shortly after the wedding. Butterfly bears his son and patiently awaits her husband's return. One day, the American consul receives a letter from Pinkerton in which he says he has an American wife (his marriage in Japan not being legally recognized in America) and is returning to fetch his child. Pinkerton's ship finally arrives and he sets out to visit Butterfly with his wife Kate. Filled with remorse, however, he is unable to face Butterfly and leaves Kate alone with her. Butterfly tells Kate that she will give Pinkerton his son if he comes to fetch him. Rejecting a life of disgrace, she kills herself with her father's sword. Pinkerton arrives to find her dead.
- July 23 (12 noon) & 25 (7:15pm)
- Cosi fan Tutte (Mozart) -- Opera National de Paris (2017)
Running time: 3 hours, 10 mins (sung in Italian, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Stage Director: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Sets and Lighting: Jan Versweyveld
Costume Design: Dries Van Noten
Chorus Master: Alessandro Di Stefano, Orchestra and Chorus of the Opera de Paris
Cast: Jacquelyn Wagner, Michele Losier, Frederic Antoun, Philippe Sly, Paulo Szot, Ginger Costa-Jackson
Synopsis: Prompted by Don Alfonso, a cynical old philosopher, two young idealists decide to put their lovers’ fidelity to the test. But love will teach them a bitter lesson: those who believe themselves phoenixes and goddesses will discover the desires of the flesh… In 1790, one year after the French Revolution, in what would be their final collaboration, Mozart and Da Ponte conduct a scientific investigation of love. The music of Così fan tutte is truly extraordinary – complex in its symmetry, jovial and yet infused with an almost sacred melancholia. An extraordinary score where each note seems intended to make us accept a loss – lost paradise, lost youth, or a lost loved-one – and portray a world where all is in a constant state of flux. This laboratory of eroticism could but inspire choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, who excels in revealing a work’s innermost geometry on stage. With six singers doubled by six dancers, she depicts the desire which unites and separates human beings, like the interactions between atoms that, once broken, make new bonds possible.
- August 13 (12 noon) & 15 (7:15pm)
- Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) -- Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich (2016)
Running time: 2 hours, 25 mins (sung in Italian, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Director: Johannes Erath
Sets: Helke Scheele
Costumes: Gesine Vollm
Chorus: Chorus of Bayerische Staatsoper
Orchestra: Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Cast: Piotr Beczala, George Petean, Anja Harteros, Okka von der Damerau, Sofia Fomina, Andrea Borghini, Anatoli Sivko, Scott Conner, Ulrich Reb, Joshua Owen Mills
Synopsis: The Bavarian State Opera’s former music director Zubin Mehta returned to the fabled house (where his image in bronze adorns one of the foyers) to celebrate his 80th birthday conducting Verdi’s middle-period masterpiece for the first time in a staged production. In director Johannes Erath’s musically super-sensitive new production, this historically-based tale of illicit love, conspiracy and betrayal unfolds in a surrealistic, shadowy setting transformed by lighting and projections. Special praise was showered by the enthusiastic critics on Maestro Mehta, who “creates concentrated musical connections, miraculously guiding his orchestra and unsurpassable voices the way a thermal lifts a paraglider.