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.
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- 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.
- September 17 (12 noon) & 19 (7:15pm)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy) -- Ballet de L’Opera National de Paris (2017)
Running time: 1 hours, 45 mins
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Choreography: George Balanchine
Conductor: Simon Hewett
Chorus Master: Jose Luis Basso
Set and Costume Design: Christian Lacroix
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley
Cast: Pranvera Lehnert, Anne-Sophie Ducret (soloists), with the Etoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corpos de Ballet, with the participation of the Ballet School
Synopsis: Numerous choreographers have delved into Shakespeare to find dramatic material for their ballets, beginning with Jean-Georges Noverre, an ardent defender of the “action ballet” and Marius Petipa, who was the first to use Mendelssohn’s stage music. George Balanchine, who also loved the score, would prove no exception. In 1962 he created his version of Shakespeare’s comedy for New York City Ballet. Faithful to the Bard’s vocabulary whilst adding a subtle touch of pantomime, he portrays a complex love story in two acts and six scenes. Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, become caught up in a domestic quarrel between the king of the elves and the queen of the fairies which results in the intervention of the mischievous Puck and his magic potion along with a troupe of amateur actors. The denouement is celebrated in the form of a grand virtuoso entertainment. One of George Balanchine’s rare narrative ballets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire. The sets and costumes for this production have been designed by another magician of the stage, Christian Lacroix.
- October 22 (12 noon) & 24 (7:15pm)
- Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci (Mascagni /Leoncavalo) -- Salzburg Festival, Austria, Easter 2015
Genre: OPERA (new production)
Running time: 3 hours (in Italian, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Felix Christian Thielemann
Director: Philipp Stolzi
Cavalleria Rusticana -- Liudmyla Monastyrska, Jonas Kaufmann, Annalisa Stroppa, Ambrogio Maestri, Stefania Toczyska
Pagliacci -- Jonas Kaufmann, maria Agresta, Tansel Akzeybek, Dimitri Platanias, Alessio Arduini
Cavalleria Rusticana: Adapted from the short story written by Giovanni Verga, Cavalleria Rusticana is a one-act opera considered one of the classics of verismo opera. The opera was composed by Piero Mascagni, with a libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti, as part of a 1888 competition by Milanese publisher Edoardo Sonzogno. After winning the competition, the opera enjoyed a successful performance history throughout Europe and the United States, often paired with Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.
Pagliacci: Inspired by the success of Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, Ruggero Leoncavallo decided to compose a verismo opera based on the true events of an 1865 murder. The opera was instantly successful with the public, and was first performed as a double-bill with Cavalleria Rusticana on December 11, 1893 at the Metropolitan Opera.
- November 26 (12 noon) & 28 (7:15pm)
- La Favorite (Donizetti) -- Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich (2017)
Running time: 2 hours, 37 mins. (sung in French, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Karel Mark Chichon
Director: Amelie Niermeyer
Synopsis: Numerous myths surround the historical figure of Leonore de Guzman, mistress of King Alfons XI of Castile, who becomes embroiled within an intrigue-laced political power play. Leonore, whose love for the King is revealed to be a farce, flings herself upon the young Fernand, who, for her sake, has eschewed the life of a monk in Santiago de Compostela. Yet, he is unaware of her status as a mistress, thus allowing the pair to become victims of a conspiratorial trial of strength between church and state, which in the end denies the couple even the hope of a joint future after death.
- December 10 (12 noon) & 12 (7:15pm)
- Carmen (Bizet) -- Bregenzer Festspiele, Austria (2017)
Running time: ? hours, ? mins. (sung in French, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Paolo Carignani
Director: Kasper Holten
Cast: Gaelle Arquez, Daniel Johansson, Andrew Foster-Williams. Cristina Pasaroiu
Synopsis: Georges Bizet‘s captivating music with its Spanish sounds took the world by storm. Carmen is desired by all and an object of fascination for the soldiers on guard duty as they smoke and play cards. The soldier Don Jose is ordered to detain her after a fight, but she twists him around her finger. He is arrested for his weakness, but is soon released. He sees the flower she threw at him as a token of her love and dreams of spending his life with her, even at the cost of losing his rank and status. He hides out with her band of smugglers, ignores Micaëla‘s words of warning, and even imagines he’s more than a match for Escamillo, the swaggering bullfighter. The latter, however, has long since captured Carmen’s heart, making Don Jose mad with jealousy.
- January 28 (12 noon) & 30 (7:15pm)
- Lohengrin (Wagner) -- Semperoper Dresden, Germany (2018)
Running time: 3 hours, 35 mins. (sung in German, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Christian Thielemann
Director: Christine Mielitz
Cast: Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Georg Zeppenfeld, Tomasz Konieczny, Evelyn Herlitzius
Synopsis: The great Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala star in their premiere Wagnerian roles, in this revival of the timeless production by Christine Mielitz, which tells the story of the evil couple Ortrud and Telramund wanting to seize power in Brabant and attempting to destroy Elsa, the heir to the throne after the disappearance of her brother Gottfried, first with psychologic depth, timeless setting and stunning costumes.