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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- December 11 (12 noon) & 13 (7:15pm)
- The Abduction from The Seraglio (Mozart) -- Opera National de Paris (2016)
Running time: 3 hours (sung in German, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Stage Director: Zabou Breitman
Chorus: Paris Opera Chorus
Orchestra: Paris Opera Orchestra
Cast: Jurgen Maurer, Erin Morley, Anna Prohaska, Bernard Richter, Paul Schweinester, Lars Woldt
Synopsis: Abducted by pirates and sold into a Turkish harem, the wily nobelwoman Konstanze and her maid Blondchen plot their escape with the aid of Konstanze's fiancee Belmonte in Mozart's charming comedy, a celebration of fidelity, optimism and liberty. The first grand opera in the German language to be constructed as a Singspiel, the German theatrical form in which spoken and sung text alternate. At a period when the influence of the Ottoman Empire on its Austrian neighbor lent a certain Turkish flavor to Viennese life, Mozart drew upon the orchestration of Janissary band music to embellish his score, the humanist values of which – the virtues of tolerance and fidelity in love, the celebration of human goodness – prefigure those developed in The Magic Flute and La Clemenza di Tito, his final operatic masterpieces.
- December 18 (12 noon) & 20 (7:15pm)
- Fetez La Danse / The Nutcracker (Berlioz/Czerny/Tchaikovsky) -- Opera National de Paris (2012)
Running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes
Le Défilé du Ballet
Etoiles, Premiers Danseurs, Corps de Ballet and the students of the Dance School
Music: Carl Czerny
Adaptation and orchestration: Knudage Riisager
Choreography: Harald Lander
Conductor: Frederic Laroque (Paris Opera Orchestra)
Subject of Marius Petipa after a tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann adapted by Alexandre Dumas
Music: Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Choreography and staging: Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov (Opéra national de Paris, 1985)
With the participation of the Ballet School and Paris Opera Orchestra
Maîtrise des Hauts-De-Seine / Paris Opera children's Chorus
Conductor : Kevin Rhodes
Défilé -- Unique in the world of dance, Défilé presents the Paris Opera Ballet in all of its splendor, as 154 dancers assemble on the magnificent proscenium stage. Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs, Sujets, Coryphées, Quadrilles and 100 students from the Ballet School unite to celebrate 300 years of artistic tradition.
Études -- Bringing the limitless spirit of the dance studio to the stage, Harald Lander, former ballet master at Opera de Paris and director of L’École de Danse, choreographs this tribute to classical technique, celebrating ballet in all of its purity and rigor.
The Nutcracker (Highlights) -- Reimagining the realm of childhood, Tchaikovsky envisions a world of enchanting nostalgia while also plunging into its darkest nightmares. The Nutcracker is undoubtedly one of Tchaikovsky’s most fantastic masterpieces – a dreamy, occasionally unsettling, odyssey through the world of sugar plums and snowflakes. On Christmas Eve, the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer offers the young Clara nutcracker. As she falls asleep beneath the Christmas tree, she enters into the world of dreams – a world in which toy soldiers battle malicious rats, nutcrackers transform into charming princes, and sugar plums pirouette.
- January 15 (12 noon) & 17 (7:15pm)
- Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saens) -- Opera National de Paris (2016)
Running time: 2 hours, 5 mins (sung in French, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Staged by: Damiano Michieletto
Sets designs: Paolo Fantin
Costumes designs: Carla Teti
Lighting design: Alessandro Carletti
Chorus Master: José Luís Basso
Cast: Anita Rachvelisvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Egils Silins, Nicolas Teste, Nicolas Cavallier, John Bernard, Luca Sannai, Jian Hong-Zhao
Synopsis: Lightning streaks through the skies as Dalila declares her love to Samson in one of the finest arias of romantic opera. When the thunder at last rumbles, the enchanting yet treacherous beauty Dalila betrays Samson and offers him up to his enemies. Based on a violent and erotic biblical story, Saint-Saens’s opera – composed in 1877, much to Liszt’s insistence – would not be performed at the Palais Garnier until fifteen years later, becoming one of the most performed French operas in the world, together with Faust and Carmen. Conducted by Philippe Jordan, this new production brings back a repertoire masterpiece that has not been performed at the Paris Opera for twenty-five years. Ever sensational as a femme fatale, Anita Rachvelishvili plays the murderous Priestess in a production staged by Damiano Michieletto.
- February 12 (12 noon) & 14 (7:15pm)
- La Forza del Destino (Verdi) -- Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich (2014)
Running time: 3 hours, 30 mins (sung in Italian, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Asher Fisch
Director: Martin Kusej
Chorus: The Chorus of Bayerische Staatsoper
Orchestra: Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Cast: Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Ludovic Tezier, Vitalij Kowaljow, Nadia Krasteva, Renato Girolami
Synopsis: La forza del destino – what is the meaning of the destiny that Verdi uses so forcefully? Who forces Leonora, and Alvaro as the murderer of her father, to enter the hermitage of a monastery – and confronts them there, in a mighty showdown, with the brother who is full of hatred and cannot forgive? Is it a declaration of war against God’s promise of redemption? The heavenly cantilena of a solo violin rises at the end of the opera – in the face of the death of the hero’s lover and brother. Those who withdraw into the consoling twilight of a divine peace here are only trying to deny one thing: the force of destiny.
- March 12 (12 noon) & 14 (7:15pm)
- Les Contes D'Hoffman (Offenbach) -- Opera de Paris (Opera Bastille) (2016)
Running time: 2 hours, 40 mins (sung in French, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Staged by: Robert Carsen
Sets and costumes: Michael Levine
Lights: Jean Kalman
Choreography: Philippe Giraudeau
Chorus Master: José Luís Basso
Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra de Paris
Cast: Jonas Kaufmann, Sabine Devieilhe, Kate Aldrich, Ermonela Jaho, Stephanie d'Oustrac, Doris Soffel, Rodolphe Brian, Cyrille Lovighi, Paul Gay, Yann Beuron, Roberto Tagliavini, Laurent Laberdesque, Francois Lis
Synopsis: By the time he came to tackle the composition of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Offenbach’s opus already included more than a hundred operas. Left unfinished when he died during rehearsals in October 1880, his last work combines fantasy, gravity and humor in an unexpectedly innovative synthesis of opera buffa, romantic opera and grand opera. This adaptation of three tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann, with a sprinkling of Goethe’s Faust, portrays the German poet as both narrator and hero recounting his love affairs with Olympia, Antonia and Giuletta. Robert Carsen’s spectacular production highlights the melancholy genius of a man marked by life, with a coherence and dramatic sense remarkable for a work that leaves numerous questions unanswered. Under the baton of Philippe Jordan, Sabine Devieilhe, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Kate Aldrich, Yann Beuron and Jonas Kaufmann in the main role, interpret the legendary airs of this work whose brilliant mystery will continue to dazzle opera houses for countless years to come.
- April 9 (12 noon) & 11 (7:15pm)
- I Due Foscari (Verdi) -- Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy (2017)
Running time: 2 hours, 10 mins (sung in Italian, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Stage Director: Alvis Hermanis
Set Designer: Alvis Hermanis
Costume Designer: Kristine Jurjane
Lighting Designer: Gleb Filshtinsky
Chorus/Orchestra: Teatro alla Scala Chorus and Orchestra
Cast: Placido Domingo, Francesco Meli, Anna Pirozzi, Andrea Concetti, Edoardo Milletti, Chiara Isotton, Azer Rza-Zade, Till von Orlowsky
Synopsis: Here is Placido Domingo’s latest conquest: the leading baritone role of Francesco Foscari in Verdi’s darkly atmospheric, melodically generous early opera, based on Lord Byron’s play. Set in 15th-century Venice, I Due Foscari is the forerunner of Simon Boccanegra, and Domingo’s triumph as the Doge set the seal on this critically lauded new production from Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the ultimate Verdi shrine. Declaring the legendary singer “the definitive Francesco of recent times”, the Financial Times’s reviewer also had high praise for the rest of La Scala’s superb cast, from “Andrea Concetti’s solid Loredano, to the immaculate Francesco Meli in a perfect match for Jacopo. Anna Pirozzi makes a triumphant house debut as Lucrezia. She wins hearts and minds through fearsome dramatisation and thrilling vocal power. But the revelation of the night is [conductor] Michele Mariotti. Here is an interpretation of unbridled elasticity [...] There is the whiff of Venice’s sea breeze and a surge in its lagoon. The well-drilled chorus of patricians sends a chill down the spine. Mariota is the wunderkind of the Italian repertoire.”
- May 14 (12 noon) & 16 (7:15pm)
- MacBeth (Verdi) -- Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (2017)
Running time: 3 hours, 40 mins (sung in Italian, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Giampaolo Bisanti
Stage Director: Christof Loy
Choreography: Thomas Wilhelm
Sets: Jonas Dahlberg
Costumes: Ursula Renzenbrink
Lighting: Bernd Purkrabek
Chorus Master: Conxita Garcia
Cast: Ludovic Tezier, Vitalij Kowaljow, Martina Serafin, Saimir Pirgu, Albert Casals, Anne Puche, David Sanchez, Mac Canturri
Synopsis:General of the victorious Scottish armies, Macbeth, General of the victorious Scottish armies, hears a prophecy from three witches that predict he will be the next King of Scotland. Believing this premonition, his wife encourages him to kill the King. His divine right drives Macbeth to be bloodthirsty with friends and opponents alike but alone and racked with guilt, he faces his last battle and death. Giuseppe Verdi felt inspired by Shakespeare’s work and his devotion led to the first opera based on one of the writer’s texts. Verdi’s enthusiasm gave him the will of achieving “something extraordinary” with the iconic writers work. In this version, Christof Loy directs the action in a classic timeless space with surrealistic touches dominated by blacks and whites, adding to the great dramatic intensity.
- 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.