Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Barcelona's Liceu Opera to broadcast live “Carmen” to area theaters this Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Youre not there.
  • Liceu Barcelona
  • You're not there: Barcelona's Liceu.
The Metropolitan Opera's series of live, high-definition broadcasts to movie theaters around the world has proven to be so popular that other arts organizations are now clamoring to get on board with similar broadcasts of their own. And what's for them not to like? The live broadcasts have been a runaway success for the Met, expanding onto multiple screens and into new theaters: the organization spreads its name, reaching and creating new audiences around the world, and can even turn a profit while doing so. In the future, look for more live broadcasts from the Royal Ballet, the UK's National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, the Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House, La Scala and more. There are even live broadcasts of “Mystery Science Theater” and “Prairie Home Companion.”

(I'm not sure why, but some of these broadcasts have had trouble breaking into the in-town Atlanta market. Macon got to see Helen Mirren in “Phaedre” live from the National Theatre in London last year, but we in Atlanta didn't. Unfair.)

This Wednesday, the Liceu in Barcelona will broadcast its production of Bizet's “Carmen” to multiplexes in Snellville, Canton and Conyers. The production looks great so it may be worth the schlep. Or if you happen to live in one of those places, it will really pay off on Wednesday afternoon.

The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona will broadcast its production of “Carmen” live on Wednesday, October 13, at 2 pm local time to the Carmike 12 in Snellville, Carmike Conyers Crossing in Conyers, and the Carmike Riverstone 15 in Canton. There'll be an encore screening at the same theaters on Wednesday, October 20, at 7:30 pm. For more information, visit Emerging Pictures which is broadcasting the event and several others this year.

Watch a preview of the Opera Liceu's “Carmen.”

Roberto Alagna will take the part of Don José, Béatrice Uria-Monzon plays Carmen, and Erwin Schrott is Escamillo in the Liceu's "Carmen" live broadcast on October 13.

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