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Popcorn Not Included
15 July @ 8:00 pm - 16 July @ 8:00 pm
Good Evening Everyone! We hope you brought popcorn – we also hope that you will not be tempted at any point in the evening to throw it at us. We are a group of singers and musicians who love movies. We also love recognising our favourite operatic themes in our favourite movie soundtracks. Opera brings a certain kind of magic to movies, and uniting the two shows how a very old art form can enhance a still relatively new one. In the first section of the concert we will “”pitch”” our favourite movie scenes and perform the operatic pieces used in their soundtracks, including the celebrated scene from The Shawshank Redemption (1994) which features the “”Sull’aria”” duet from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (1786). We’ll be performing some of our favourites tonight including the themes from John Williams’s “”Star Wars”” (1977) and “”Schindler’s List”” (1993). The paths of film and opera cross again here: you may notice a striking similarity between the famous “”Superman”” theme and the beautiful aria “”Vainement, ma bien aimee,”” from Edouard Lalo’s “”Le Roi d’Ys”” (1888). We’ll conclude with a celebration of the most popular film genre of the mid-20th century: the Hollywood musical. Enjoy the show!