Mozart’s “Magic Flute for Children,” “The Circus Princess,” “Doktor Faust” and “Tristan und Isolde” showing for free the weekend of Nov. 4 to bring opera to everyone, anywhere on any screen
NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 2017 – Whether you are a seasoned opera enthusiast or have never heard the voices of opera resonate through a concert hall, this weekend is your opportunity to embrace this timeless art. Cennarium, one of the largest streaming services for the performing arts, is making four opera performances available for free during the weekend of Nov. 4 in an effort to make the performing arts more accessible. This weekend coincides with National Opera Week, an initiative to help existing and new audiences connect with opera.
“Opera is one of the oldest and most compelling art forms,” said Themis Gomes, CEO of Cennarium. “We want to expose new audiences to opera, particularly people who do not live in major metropolitan areas and have limited access to these types of performances. Streaming the arts enables everyone to share these amazing productions and expand their entertainment options.”
The free performances are available at www.Cennarium.com/nationaloperaweek, where viewers can find information on how to access. Following is the schedule of events:
Saturday, Nov. 4, 8 p.m. EST
Room 1: “The Magic Flute for Children”
Room 2: “The Circus Princess”
Sunday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m. EST
Room 1: “Doktor Faust”
Room 2: “Tristan und Isolde”
The Magic Flute for Children
Mozart’s masterpiece is presented in a version shortened to 60 minutes for the youngest, young and also adult audiences, thus providing children with their first insight into the fascinating world of opera. Papageno is the presenter, who accompanies the audience through the piece in an easily understandable, cheerful manner. Audiences will experience his adventures with Prince Tamino, who has fallen in love with Pamina, the daughter of the Queen of the Night, and yearns to liberate her from the kingdom of Sarastro, who has abducted her. The opera was filmed at Switzerland’s Opernhaus in Zürich.
The Circus Princess
A circus in St. Petersburg, a princely palace and a Viennese hotel; these are the places where circus people, Russian nobility and young people from Vienna come together to revel in the delirium of love. But whether a hotelier’s son can marry a circus cavalier and a Russian princess can trust the mysterious artist Mister X remains unclear until the general masquerade and the intrigues of the jealous Prince Sergius are exposed. Performed at the State Theatre at Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Germany.
A rarity in the opera house and the recording studio, “Doktor Faust” is one of the greatest operas of the twentieth century. Fischer-Dieskau, the towering interpreter of the title-role, has called it the greatest, along with Pfitzner’s Palestrina. (Penguin Guide, January 2009) The opera was filmed at Switzerland’s Opernhaus in Zürich.
Tristan und Isolde
This aurally erotic work speaks vividly to the listener’s inner eye, with Wagner’s score more illustrative and sensuously pictorial than any series of stage pictures. Golo Berg’s sensuous conducting of the Dessau Philharmonic continually presses that truth home. He leads the orchestra in a lithe and propulsive performance that shows unusual consideration for the wonderful voices of the singers. Filmed at the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau, Germany.
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