Belfast Telegraph

Now it’s lights, camera ... opera!

By Philip Hammond

Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast, Sunday, 3pm

There has been an upsurge in operatic performances in Belfast over the past few months, and the trend continues over the summer months as ‘opera on screen’.

Beginning this weekend, the Glyndebourne Festival will be available in High Definition at the Queen’s Film Theatre.

The festival was founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay.

It runs from May to August with a programme of six operas in a world-class 1,200-seat opera house.

It is artistically very satisfying to attend a Glyndebourne production but tickets can be both expensive and difficult to get. So it is worth taking the opportunity to experience the excellence of the festival, even at a distance.

This summer, you will have the chance to see three operas beamed live from Glyndebourne, including this Sunday with the much-acclaimed production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

It is described as “a festive hymn to the transformative power of young love and natural talent” and “a warm-hearted Midsummer's Day comedy”.

Sung in German with English subtitles, this production is seen as the fulfilment of founder Christie's long-held aspiration to stage this work.

The other screenings this summer will be Mozart’s Don Giovanni, pre-recorded from the 2010 Festival, on Sunday, July 31, and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw live on Sunday, August 21.

Ticket holders for the QFT will also receive a complimentary glass of Moet & Chandon before the broadcasts. For tickets, visit www.queensfilmtheatre.com.

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