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Wagner's Complete Ring Cycle Coming to Participating Movie Theatres in CanadaFour Iconic Operas and a Documentary to Be Shown in May (April 26, 2012)
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 04/26/12 -- Cineplex Entertainment (TSX:CGX), via our Front Row Centre Events, and The Metropolitan Opera are pleased to announce Canadian Robert Lepage's new production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen will be shown at participating movie theatres in Canada May 9-19, 2012. Susan Froemke's documentary Wagner's Dream, which looks at the making of Lepage's Ring cycle, can also be seen at participating theatres on May 7, 2012.
"This is a unique event for opera fans as this is first time the complete Ring cycle has been offered in movie theatres," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "Susan Froemke's documentary is not only a great introduction to the cycle but it also provides the audience with an unprecedented look at what Robert Lepage has done to bring these operas to life."
A special media screening of Wagner's Dream will be held in Toronto and Montreal on May 2nd. Media can confirm attendance with one of the contacts listed below.
Wagner's Dream A documentary by Susan Froemke Monday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. local time Running time: 1 hour, 52 minutes Premiere
The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage, some of the world's greatest operatic artists, and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner's Ring cycle. An intimate look at the enormous theatrical and musical challenges of staging opera's most monumental work, the film chronicles the quest to fulfill Wagner's dream of a perfect Ring.
Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold) Conducted by James Levine Starring Wendy Bryn Harmer (Freia), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka), Patricia Bardon (Erda), Richard Croft (Loge), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Bryn Terfel (Wotan), Eric Owens (Alberich), Franz-Josef Selig (Fasolt), Hans-Peter Konig (Fafner) Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. local time Running time: 168 minutes; no intermission Original live transmission: October 9, 2010
In the first opera in the Ring cycle, the gods of Valhalla clash with underworld dwarves and brawny giants, with disastrous consequences. The evil Alberich steals gold from the Rhine and uses it to forge a ring of unimaginable power. Wotan, the king of the gods, uses magic to steal the Ring, but Alberich places a curse that guarantees misery for whoever wears it. Wotan's unwillingness to part with the ring leads him to break a contract with the giants who have built the gods' new castle in the sky, setting in motion a chain of events that will end in his own destruction.
Die Walkure (The Valkyrie) Conducted by James Levine Starring Deborah Voigt (Brunnhilde), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka), Jonas Kaufmann (Siegmund), Bryn Terfel (Wotan), Hans-Peter Konig (Hunding) Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. local time Running time: 259 minutes, including one intermission Original live transmission: May 14, 2011
The mysterious hero Siegmund finds shelter in the strangely familiar arms of a lonely woman named Sieglinde.
Their forbidden love leads Wotan's daughter, the warrior maiden Brunnhilde, to defy morality and intervene on behalf of the hero. Brunnhilde's transgression forces her father to choose between his love for his favorite daughter and his duty to his wife, the formidable goddess Fricka. Overcome with grief, Wotan takes away Brunnhilde's godlike powers and puts her to sleep on a mountaintop, surrounded by a ring of magic fire that can only be crossed by the bravest of heroes.
Siegfried Conducted by Fabio Luisi Starring Deborah Voigt (Brunnhilde), Patricia Bardon (Erda), Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Bryn Terfel (The Wanderer), Eric Owens (Alberich) Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. local time Running time: 258, including one intermission Original live transmission: November 5, 2011
The young hero Siegfried grows up in the wilderness, raised by Alberich's conniving brother Mime. He puts together the broken pieces of the sword Nothung, uses it to slay the fearsome dragon Fafner, and takes the Ring for himself. To fulfill his destiny, he must overcome one more opponent-Wotan, now disguised as the Wanderer, who knows the world of the gods is coming to an end-and cross through the magic fire to awaken his true love, Brunnhilde.
Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods) Conducted by Fabio Luisi Starring Deborah Voigt (Brunnhilde), Wendy Bryn Harmer (Gutrune), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried), Iain Paterson (Gunther), Eric Owens (Alberich), Hans-Peter Konig (Hagen) Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. local time Running time: 287 minutes, including one intermission Original live transmission: February 11, 2012
Siegfried and Brunnhilde's love is torn apart by the curse of the Ring. A trio of scheming humans separates the two heroes in a desperate attempt to steal the Ring for themselves. Their villainous plan fails, but they succeed in murdering Siegfried. Heartbroken, Brunnhilde takes the Ring and leaps into the hero's funeral pyre, causing a global cataclysm and the twilight of the gods.
The Ring cycle will be offered at the following theatres(i):
BRITISH COLUMBIA Coquitlam SilverCity Coquitlam and VIP Cinemas, 170 Schoolhouse Street Duncan Cowichan Theatre, 2687 James Street Langley Colossus Langley Cinemas, 20090 91A Avenue Nanaimo Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo, 213-4750 Rutherford Road Richmond SilverCity Riverport Cinemas, 14211 Entertainment Way Trail Royal Theatre, 1597 Bay Avenue Vancouver Cineplex Odeon Park and Tilford Cinemas, 200-333 Brooksbank Avenue Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver, 900 Burrard Street Victoria SilverCity Victoria Cinemas, 3130 Tillicum Road ALBERTA Calgary Scotiabank Theatre Chinook, 6455 Macleod Trail SW Edmonton Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas, 1525-99th Street NW Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton, 8882-170 Street MANITOBA Winnipeg SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas, 817 St. James Street SASKATCHEWAN Regina Galaxy Cinemas Regina, 420 McCarthy Boulevard N Saskatoon Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon, 347 2nd Avenue ONTARIO Ancaster SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas, 771 Golf Links Road Bracebridge Rene M. Caisse, 100 Clearbrook Trl. Burlington SilverCity Burlington Cinemas, 1250 Brant Street Guelph Galaxy Cinemas Guelph, 485 Woodlawn Road W Kingston Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas, 626 Gardiners Road London Cineplex Odeon Westmount and VIP Cinemas, 755 Wonderland Road S SilverCity London Cinemas, 1680 Richmond Street Mississauga Coliseum Mississauga Cinemas, 309 Rathburn Road W Niagara Falls Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas, 7555 Montrose Road Oakville SilverCity Oakville and VIP Cinemas, 3531 Wyecroft Road Ottawa Coliseum Ottawa Cinemas, 3090 Carling Avenue SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas, 2385 City Park Drive Richmond Hill SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas, 8725 Yonge Street Thunder Bay SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas, 850 North May Street Toronto Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas, 1025 The Queensway Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas, 4861 Yonge Street Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas, 300 Borough Drive Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, 259 Richmond Street W SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton Cinemas, 2300 Yonge Street Waterloo Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo, 550 King Street N Windsor Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall Cinemas, 3100 Howard Avenue QUEBEC Beauport Cineplex Odeon Beauport Cinemas, 825 rue Clemenceau Brossard Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas, 9350 boul. Leduc Boucherville Cineplex Odeon Boucherville Cinemas, 20 boul. de Montagne Gatineau Starcite Gatineau Cinemas, 115 boul. Du Plateau Kirkland Coliseum Kirkland Cinemas, 3200 rue Jean Yves Laval Colossus Laval Cinemas, 2800 rue Cosmodome Montreal Cineplex Odeon Cavendish Mall Cinemas, 5800 boul. Cavendish Cineplex Odeon Latin Quarter Cinemas, 350 rue Emery Scotiabank Theatre Montreal, 977 rue Ste-Catherine O Starcite Montreal Cinemas, 4825 ave. Pierre de Coubertin Saint-Jerome Carrefour du Nord, 900 rue Grignon Sherbrooke Galaxy Cinemas Sherbrooke, 4204 rue Bertrand-Fabi Ste. Foy Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas, 1200 boul. Duplessis NOVA SCOTIA Dartmouth Empire Dartmouth Crossing, 145 Shubie Drive Halifax Empire Park Lane, 5657 Spring Garden Road NEWFOUNDLAND St. John's Empire St. John's, 48 Kenmount Road YUKON Yukon Arts Centre, 300 College Drive
(i) Independent theatres may not offer all presentations, please check local listings.
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