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Enzian’s Annual Summer Series Showcases

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Enzian’s Annual Summer Series Showcases Renowned Performances from Prestigious Opera, Ballet, and Theatre Companies From Around the World

Enzian’s annual Opera and Ballet on the Big Screen Summer Series runs Sat.  June 21 – Sat. Sept. 20 and Enzian’s National Theatre Live Series will run from Sat. June 28 – Sat. Oct.  25, featuring an extraordinary lineup of performances filmed in high definition and showcased in spectacular digital cinema.

“Almost better than being there,  this series gives you the best seat in the house at some of the world’s greatest venues,” said Enzian President Henry Maldonado. “These productions in HD with surround sound on the Enzian big screen bring you up close in an intimate and dynamic presentation. Plus,  if you add a great Enzian brunch to the experience,  what more can you ask for?”

Opera and ballet fans can purchase a series pass to either or both series and receive discounted admission. Additionally, National Theatre Live fans can purchase a series pass and receive discounted admission.  All performances can also be purchased individually.


Opera on the Big Screen Summer Series:

La Boheme (Salzburg)
Saturday, June 21 at 11AM
This 2012 production of LA BOHÈME marked the opera’s premiere at The Salzburg Festival. Led by conductor Daniele Gatti and starring international opera stars Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala, this production captures the essence of Henri Murger’s serialized novel “Scènes de la Vie de Bohème,” the tale of Bohemians in mid-19th century Paris. Using a contemporary setting, this production explores the universal passions and struggles of youth,  as artists pursue their visions and dare to create new paths. Like snapshots, momentary images record the friendship of four young individualists in the metropolis of Paris: Rodolfo writing,  Colline philosophizing, Marcello painting, and Schaunard composing.  Into this artists’  idyll,  Rodolfo introduces fragile Mimì – who, however, does not seem cut out for the life of the bohemians….
Sung in Italian | 2012 | 124 min | Directed by Damiano Michieletto

Romeo and Juliet (Salzburg)
Saturday, July 19 at 11AM
Charles Gounod’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE is one of the most famous and moving love stories in all of opera, despite the fact that everyone already knows how the story ends.  Stage director Bartlett Sher (winner of a Tony Award for best director of a musical for his revival of South Pacific on Broadway) makes his European opera debut with this production of ROMEO ET JULIETTE at the Felsenreitschule.  Tenor superstar Rolando Villazón sings opposite young Georgian soprano Nino Machaizde, one of the newest darlings of the opera world.
Sung in French | 165 min | Directed by Bartlett Sher

Aida (Paris)
Saturday, August 30 at 11AM
This opera, intended as a celebration of universal concord and harmony between nations with all the pomp and ceremony appropriate to such solemn occasions, is in fact entirely about conflict: the war between Egypt and Ethiopia is nothing compared to that which opposes the characters to each other. Their bloody confrontations give way,  in turn, to the conflict within each individual. A work both flamboyant and hieratic, spectacular and intimate, and one of Verdi’s most beautiful masterpieces, AIDA returns to the Paris Opera after more than half a century’s absence.
Sung in Italian | 2013 | 170 min | Directed by Damiano Olivier Py

Ballet on the Big Screen Summer Series:

Sleeping Beauty (Paris)
Saturday, July 5 at 11AM
Described by Rudolf Nureyev as the “ballet of ballets,” SLEEPING BEAUTY remains one of the jewels in the heritage of dance. In its splendid fantasy, dream and reality overlap, and the forces of Good and Evil battle for the fate of two innocents. Rudolf Nureyev restaged the work in 1989 for the Paris Opera Ballet, devising a choreography of dazzling academic virtuosity.  Alternating between lavish ensembles and pas de deux SLEEPING BEAUTY includes the famous Rose Adagio, one of the most challenging sequences in all of ballet. With sumptuous sets and costumes by Ezio Frigerio and Franca Squarciapino, this production is one of the most outstandingly accomplished masterpieces in the classical repertoire.
Paris Opera Ballet, Paris| 2013 | 190 min

Swan Lake (Vienna, 1966 w/ Nureyev & Fonteyn)
Saturday, August 16 at 11AM
A never-before-seen high definition restoration of a historic Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn 1966 performance of SWAN LAKE (Tchaikovsky) at the Vienna State Opera House.   Choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev and conducted by John Lanchbery, with the Wiener Symphoniker orchestra. Nureyev and Fonteyn revolutionized the world of ballet by crossing the borders between classical ballet and modern dance. Hailed as the greatest ballet partnership of all time, Nureyev once said that they danced with “one body and one soul”.  Together, they gloriously interpret the tale of the cursed Swan Queen and her beloved Prince.
Vienna State Opera House, Austria|  1966 | 107 min

Don Quixote (Paris)
Saturday, September 20 at 11AM
“The Knight of the Sad Face” and his faithful squire Sancho Panza, are mixed up in the wild love affairs of the stunning Kitri and the seductive Basilio in a richly colorful humorous and virtuoso ballet. Marius Petipa’s “Don Quichotte” premiered in Moscow in 1869 with music by Ludwig Minkus and was met with resounding success from the start.  The novelty lay within its break from the supernatural universe of romantic ballet.  In 1981, Rudolf Nureyev introduced his own version of the work into the Paris Opera’s repertoire. While retaining the great classical pages and the strong,  fiery dances, the choreographer gave greater emphasis to the comic dimension contriving a particularly lively and light-hearted production.
Paris Opera Ballet, France| 2013 | 147 min

National Theatre Live Series:

King Lear
Saturday, June 28 at 11AM
Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy. An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favorite, Cordelia,  says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.
223 min | Directed by Sam Mendes

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Saturday, August 23 at 11AM
Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012,  the National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME returns to cinemas. Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, and directed by Marianne Elliott, this play has been hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle’. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013,  including Best New Play. Christopher,  fifteen years old,  has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs. Shears’ dog Wellington,  he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
2012 | 179 min | Directed by Marianne Elliott

Saturday, October 25 at 11AM
Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Medea is a wife and a mother.  For the sake of her husband,  Jason,  she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
100 min | Directed by Carrie Cracknell


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Complete Opera & Ballet Season Pass (All Six Performances) $96
Opera Series Pass (All 3 Opera Performances)  $49.50
Ballet Series Pass (All 3 Ballet Performances)  $49.50
Enzian Member Single Performance - $17.50
General Admission Single Performance - $20

National Theatre Live Pass (All 3 Theatre Performances)  $49.50
Enzian Member Single Performance - $17.50
General Admission Single Performance - $20


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