Operatic favourites up on the big screen

Opera fans can enjoy screenings of performances from Glyndebourne Festival at Derby-based arts centre and cinema Quad over the summer months.

The programme of Glyndebourne operas includes live broadcasts and recorded live performances and will run to Tuesday, August 20.

Jean-Phillippe Rameau defined 18th century French music, publishing his widely influential Treaty on Harmony in 1722.

Hippolyte et Aricie was Rameau’s first work for the stage, written when he was nearly 50. It is also Glyndebourne’s first production of an opera by Rameau, and will strike audiences, as it did in Paris in 1733, with its richness of invention.

It is to be sung in French with English subtitles and will be broadcast live in Quad on Thursday, July 25, at 6.15pm.

Donizetti was an enormously prolific composer and Don Pascale is the 64th of his 66 operas, written only a year before the onset dementia eventually overwhelmed him.

Given the circumstances, it is hardly surprising that the diamond-bright wit and brilliance of this opera also has a distinctly dark side.

Danielle de Niese, who is acknowledged as one of the world’s most talented and charismatic artists and has been described as “the world’s coolest soprano” by the New York Times, performs the role of Norina.

Don Pascale is sung in Italian with English subtitles and will be broadcast live on Tuesday, August 6, at 7.15pm.

The season ends with a recording of Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten.

2013 marks the centenary of Britten, who was born on 22nd November – the feast day of Saint Cecillia, patron saint of music.

His powerfully dramatic Billy Budd was performed at Glyndebourne in August 2010, with Jacques Imbraillo in the title role and Sir Mark Elder conducting.

It is screened on Tuesday, August 20, from 7pm.

Individual screening ticket prices are £15 or £13 concessions.

For more information or to book seats for any of the film screenings, call the box office on 01332 290606 or see http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/live-event/glyndebourne-opera-season-2013

n The latest screening in Quad’s Back In Cinemas re-issue season is The King Of Marvin Gardens, from 1972.

It stars Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern and is a classic of early ‘70s cinema.

The film,directed by Bob Rafelson, is a relationship drama and is about two brothers from very different walks of life, who team up to embark on a series of get-rich-quick schemes.

The King Of Marvin Gardens (15) screens on Wednesday, June 26, at 6pm and Thursday, June 27, at 3.30pm, at Quad, which is based in Derby city centre.