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Royal Opera & Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet exclusive to Fugard Theatre Bioscope

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The Fugard Theatre Bioscope will be partnering with The Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet Company in London and The Bolshoi Ballet Company in Moscow to bring exclusively to Cape Town audiences some of the world’s most well known opera and ballet.

Audiences can look forward to enjoying these state of the art presentations in full high-definition and surround-sound on an enormous cinema screen in the theatre comfort of the Fugard Theatre Bioscope in the historic District 6. The 2011/2012 Fugard Theatre Bioscope World Opera and Ballet Season will include recorded presentations, delayed-live presentations and live screenings of world famous operas and ballets. There will be monthly weekend screenings, starting on 17 and 18 September 2011.

The complete monthly line-up for the Fugard Theatre Bioscope (from the Royal Opera and Ballet Companies) begins and ends with two best loved Mozart operas and will include: September 2011 Don Giovanni (Opera: Mozart) October 2011 Adriana Lecouvreur (Opera: Cilea) November 2011 Tosca (Opera: Puccini) December 2011 Giselle (Ballet: Petipa after Coralli & Perrot) January 2012 Cendrillon (Opera: Massenet) February 2012 Il Trittico (Opera: Puccini) March 2012 Manon (Ballet: Macmillan) April 2012 Macbeth (Opera: Verdi) May 2012 Cosi fan tutte (Opera: Mozart) The World Opera and Ballet Season will commence next month (September) at the Fugard Theatre Bioscope with a screening of The Royal Opera House production of Mozart’s Two Act opera DON GIOVANNI at 16h00 on Saturday 17 and again at 16.00 on Sunday 18 September.

DON GIOVANNI is one of the timeless classics of all opera. Mozart's music, and the words of his great collaborator Da Ponte, are brought to life in Francesca Zambello's engrossing production with its rich and colourful designs by Maria Bjornson. DON GIOVANNI is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

The October Royal Opera House screening will be ADRIANA LECOUVREUR at 16h00 on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October. ADRIANA LECOUVREUR unites a stellar cast under the baton of Mark Elder, in a new production by David McVicar, of an opera not seen at the Royal Opera House since 1906. Anyone who loves Puccini will find this opera by Francesco Cilea, a contemporary and fellow Italian, just as rich, melodious and romantic. ADRIANA LECOUVREUR is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

November will see the screening of the 2011 recorded Royal Opera House production of TOSCA. TOSCA will be screened at 16h00 on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November. Powerful music, a gripping story and a tragic end: Puccini’s ever-popular TOSCA performed at the Royal Opera House with a fabulous cast. Among the star singers in this revival are Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. The Royal Opera Chorus and The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House are under the baton of Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera for a score that includes such great set pieces as the Act I ‘Te Deum’ and the arias ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’.

The final screening in 2011 will be the beautiful recorded Royal Ballet Company production of GISELLE. The screenings will be at 16h00 on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December 2011. GISELLE is one of the most influential of all Romantic ballets, and one of the greatest and most popular works of the dance canon and of The Royal Ballet’s repertory. The title role presents the transcendental power of a woman’s love in the face of betrayal and is one of the most technically demanding and emotionally challenging roles in classical dance – not surprisingly, it is here a great showcase for the leading ballerinas of the Company.

The rest of the 2011 /2012 season and further screenings will be announced shortly. All screenings are in full high definition with 5.1 digital dolby surround sound and can be enjoyed in the comfort of the Fugard Theatre. The Fugard Theatre offers a unique cinema experience in a beautiful theatre environment and patrons are able to pre-book interval refreshments from The Fugard Theatre Bar. The Fugard Theatre will be making ten pairs of child and parent tickets available free of charge, together with the cost of transport, for each screening for promising young choral and ballet pupils from historically disadvantaged communities in the Cape Town surrounds.

All bookings and full scheduling is available on computicket.com, thefugard.com or through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554. Tickets range from R80 to R120. A season special ticket price of R100 per screening will include a glass of champagne on arrival. Excellent discounts are offered to all registered Friends of the Fugard.