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 14 (12 noon) & 16 (7:15pm)
- Rigoletto (Verdi) -- Opera National de Paris (2016)
Genre: OPERA (new production)
Running time: 2 hrs, 15 mins (sung in Italian)
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Director: Claus Guth
Sets: Christian Schmidt
Costumes: Christian Schmidt
Lighting: Olaf Winter
Choir Director: Jose Luis Basso
Cast: Michael Fabiano, Quinn Kelsey, Olga Peretyatko, Rafal Siwek, Vesselina Kasarova, Isabelle Druet, Mikhail Kolelishvili, Michal Partyka, Christophe Berry, Tiago Matos, Andreea Soare
Synopsis: Verdi was already working on an adaptation of Shakepeare's classic tragedy "King Lear" when he read Victor Hugo's drama "Le Roi s'amuse". On discovering in the works of the French writer to whom he would owe Ernani, the greatest triumph of his “difficult years”, a parallel with the triangle formed by the King, his daughter and the jester, it was “like a thunderbolt, an inspiration”. Between the frivolous, licentious Duke, and Gilda, a victim of the ignorance which holds her captive, stands the double-faceted character of the hunchback, both buffoon and curse-obsessed father. Monstrous and heartrending, grotesque and sublime, the title role reaches its apogee in the aria “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata”, whose descending movement, from the explosion of rage to the moment of entreaty, confirms the composer’s ability to adapt a form inherited from bel canto to theatrical realism.
- September 18 (12 noon) & 20 (7:15pm)
- La Traviata (Verdi) -- Festsplelehaus Baden-Baden (2015)
Running time: 2 hours, 20 mins. (sung in Italian, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado
Director: Rolando Villlazón
Sets: Johannes Leiacker
Costumes: Thibault Vancraenenbroeck
Cast: Olga Peretyatko, Atalla Ayan, Simone Piazzola, Chirstine Daletska, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Tom Fox, Konstantin Wolff, Deniz Uzun, Walter Fink
Synopsis: Mexican star tenor and director Rolando Villazon brings his unique vision to the great and tragic love story of Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta, setting Verdi's masterpiece within the vibrant and colorful world of the circus. Villazon has produced a Traviata full of energy, attention to detail, and even a hint of melancholy. Olga Peretyatko, recently seen as Gilda in Paris Opera's Rigoletto, stars as Verdi's enthralling and heartbreaking heroine, alongside the young Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan.
- October 16 (12 noon) & 18 (7:15pm)
- Fidelio (Beethoven) -- Salzburg Festival, Austria (2015)
Running time: 2 hours, 55 mins. (sung in German, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Stage Director: Claus Guth
Sets and Costumes: Christian Schmidt
Lighting: Olaf Freese
Video Design: Andi A. Müller
Chorus Master: Ernst Raffelsberger
Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Cast: Jonas Kaufman, Sebastian Holecek, Tomasz Konieczny, Hans-Peter Konig, Olga Bezsmertna, Norbert Ernst, Paul Lorenger, Nadia Kichler
Synopsis: It happened in Tours at the time of the French Revolution: a political prisoner’s wife disguised herself as a man in order to penetrate the prison where he was being held by the Jacobins, and was clever enough to gain the confidence of the jailer and free her loved one. The episode had a sensational impact on contemporary hearts and minds at the end of the 18th century. One of the witnesses of the event, Jean-Nicolas Bouilly, turned it into a libretto, which was set to music by Pierre Gavenaux in an opera that was premiered in Paris in 1798. A few years later Ferdinando Paër used the same libretto for his Leonora ossia L’amor coniugale, which was performed with great success from 1804 onwards, initially in Dresden and then also in Vienna.
- November 13 (12 noon) & 15 (7:15pm)
- I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Bellini) -- Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona (2016)
Running time: 2 hours, 50 mins. (sung in Italian, with English subtitles)
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
Stage Director: Vincent Boussard
Sets: Vincent Lemaire
Costumes: Christian Lacroix
Lighting: Guido Levi
Chorus Master: Conxita García
Cast: Joyce DiDonato, Patrizia Ciofi, Antonino Siragusa, Simon Orfila, Marco Spotti
Synopsis: The acclaimed Joyce DiDonato and Patrizia Ciofi return to the in Bellini's lyrical interpretation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy. The eternal love story of Romeo and Juliette, between Romeo, the Montecchi’s leader, and Juliet, the Daughter of the Capuleti, two rival factions in the Verona of the XIII century. In a world full of intrigues, fights and rivalries, Juliet fakes her death in order to escape with her lover, but Romeo, not knowing of this ruse, commits suicide. When she wakes up, and sees him dead, she too kills herself.
- 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.