Introducing ‘PETER GRIMES’ as OPERA merges with the Big Screen
“Event Cinema” comes to Nigeria! The unique concept which offers alternative content to movies via visually refreshing stories told using the timeless ‘Opera’ platform is being introduced to Nigeria by FilmOne Distribution, in partnership with The British Council.
This laudable feat is the first of its kind in West Africa and kicks off with Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, one of Britain’s most significant operas; as performed by the English National Opera in stunning cinematic high definition. The screening holds exclusively at all locations of FilmHouse Cinemas from July 25, 2014. A ‘must see’ opera in Nigeria, Peter Grimes is brought to you in partnership with Altive Media and is proudly supported by the British Council.
Ojoma Ochai, Director Arts, British Council Nigeria says, “We are very pleased about the partnership with FilmOne Distribution and FilmHouse Cinemas and look forward to sharing high quality performances from the UK with new audiences in their cinemas across Nigeria.”
Peter Grimes, an opera in a prologue and three acts, is the first revival of director David Alden’s 2009 five-star, sell-out production which paints a vivid picture of a small community’s descent into suspicion, gossip and mob mentality in the face of a tragedy. What really happened to fisherman Peter Grimes’s missing apprentice, and was he involved? As the townspeople’s mistrust grows, Grimes spirals into a downfall with devastating consequences!
Stuart Skelton, described as the ‘definitive’ Peter Grimes, takes the lead role, with Elza Van den Heever playing Ellen, Iain Paterson does justice to Balstrode’s role, while Rebecca de Pont Davies gives a spectacular performance as Auntie. Directed by David Alden and conducted by Edward Gardner, The London Evening Standard hails it as “a shattering evening of music theatre”, The Observer calls it “unmissable”, while the Daily Telegraph praises “Edward Gardner’s masterly conducting … the orchestra plays for him as if possessed, and the result is an evening of scorching intensity”.
Ok art lovers, this is not one to miss!