From New York and Moscow to Belfast

From New York and  Moscow to  Belfast

Puccini’s great opera ‘TOSCA,’ from the Metropolitan Opera

The classic romantic ballet ‘LE CORSAIRE’ from The Bolshoi Ballet

[caption id="attachment_44030" align="alignleft" width="260"]The Bolshoi Ballet  performs Le Corsaire The Bolshoi Ballet performs Le Corsaire[/caption]

November sees two great classics of opera and ballet screened  from two of the world’s major cultural capitals to Belfast as part of Classical Arts Ireland’s 2013-14 season of live satellite events reports George Fleeton.

On Saturday 9 November at 6pm , in Odeon Belfast and the Odyssey Cinema,  one of the greatest of all Italian operas – Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ – comes live from the stage at the Met . Record Irish audiences are expected as part of a global audience in 64 countries of over 300,000.

A classic drama of love, intrigue, betrayal and corrupt power set against a background of political revolution, Puccini’s glorious and dramatic music has made Tosca one of the most enduringly polular operas of all time. The magnificent Patricia Racette is the tempestuous diva Floria Tosca.  The great French tenor Roberto Alagna sings Tosca’s lover, the painter, Cavaradossi and George Gagnidze is the corrupt, sadistic and lustful Scarpia.   This powerful work is conducted by Riccardo Frizza.

 On Sunday 17 November at 3pm the focus switches to Moscow when Bolshoi Ballet presents one of the great  lavish spectacle ballets from its repertoire – ‘Le Corsaire.’ (The Pirate). This can be seen at both the Odyssey Cinema and at Queens Film theatre

This exotic tale of the beautiful slave-girl Medora who is sold by a slave dealer to a local Pasha, but is resuced  by Conrad,  a pirate chief with whom she falls in love, has all the ingredients of a classic exotic adventure-romance. It features some of the most famous individual scenes in Ballet, including the famous le Corsaire  Pas de deux.

[caption id="attachment_44028" align="alignright" width="250"]Tosca - Patricia Racette as Tosca and Roberto Alagna as Cavaradossi, (Photo by Ken Howard). Tosca – Patricia Racette as Tosca and Roberto Alagna as Cavaradossi, (Photo by Ken Howard).[/caption]

With music by Adolphe Adam, this Bolshoi production by Yuri Burlaka and Alexei  Ratmansky is one of the most lavish (and expensive)  ballet revivals ever staged.  Featuring up to 120 dancers , glorious costumes, a staged shipwreck, and magnificent dancing,   it has all of the exotic color and dramatic sweep that the epic adventure story requires.

THE MET: LIVE IN HD worldwide

The pioneering Met: Live in HD has been a global phenomenon since it began seven years ago, and set a template for a whole new way of experiencing live entertainment. More than three and a half million tickets were sold during the 2010-11 season. ‘The Met: Live in HD’ can now be seen in more than 1,600 venues in over 60 countries.


CAI is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation established in 2011. CAI promotes and develops a range of activities in Opera in Ireland, and in the related fields of Ballet and Classical Music. This includes an annual season of live satellite HD screenings transmitted to venues in communities all over Ireland.

Live in HD 2013-14

City/Town Venue
Arklow GCG Cinema M B BP
Belfast Odyssey Cinema Titanic Quarter M B BP
Odeon Belfast M
Queens Film Theatre B
Castlebar, Mayo The Linenhall Arts Centre M
Cork Omniplex Mahon Point M B BP
Drogheda Droichead Arts Centre M
Dublin Screen Cinema, Townsend St M B
IMC Santry M B
The Lighthouse, Smithfield M B BP
IMC Dun Laoghaire M B BP
Odeon Stillorgan M
Swan Omniplex, Rathmines M B
Galway The Eye Cinema M B BP
Letterkenny Century Cinemas M B BP
Limerick Omniplex Dooradoyle M B
Lisburn Omniplex Lisburn M B
Sligo GCG Cinema M B BP
Waterford Odeon Waterford M
Metropolitan Opera Bolshoi Ballet Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


Date Time Title Stream
Sat. October 5th 2013 6pm Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) Met
Sun. October 20th 2013 4pm Spartacus (Live) Bolshoi
Sat. October 26th  2013 6pm The Nose (Shostakovich) Met
Sat. November 9th 2013 6pm Tosca (Puccini) Met
Sun. 17th November 2013 3pm *Le Corsaire (recorded live) Bolshoi
Fri. 6th December 2013 6.30 pm Schubert, Beethoven/Dudamel Berlin Phil
Sat. 14th December 2013 6pm Falstaff (Verdi) Met
Sun. 22nd December 2013 3pm *Sleeping Beauty (recorded live) Bolshoi
Tues. December 31st2013 4pm Beethoven, Dvorak, Brahms etc. / Lang Lang Berlin Phil
Sun. January 19th 2014 3pm Jewels Bolshoi
Sun. February 2nd 2014 3pm Lost Illusions Bolshoi
Sat. February 8th 2014 6pm Rusalka (Dvořák) Met
Fri. February 28th 2014 6.30 pm Bach: St John Passion /Rattle Berlin Phil
Sat. March 1st 2014 5pm Prince Igor (Borodin) Met
Sat. March 15th 2014 5pm Werther (Massenet) Met
Sun. March 30th 2013 4pm The Golden Age Bolshoi
Sat. April 5th 2014 6pm La Boheme (Puccini) Met
Sat. April 26th 2014 6pm Così fan tutte (Mozart) Met
Sat. May 10th 2014 6pm La Cenerentola (Rossini) Met
Wed. June 18th 2014 6.30 pm Strauss, Brahms /Barenboim Berlin Phil