July’s LIVE screenings at The Wellesley begin on Wednesday 5 July with the first ever transmission of an opera from the picturesque Teatro Antico di Taormina in Sicily.
The 7th century Greek theatre hosts Puccini’s ‘La Bohème’, the tragic love story of a young poet, Rudolfo and a seamstress, Mimi. Originally set in 19th century bohemian Paris (although productions have since chosen other locations and periods) the impoverished but colourful lives of the lovers and Rudolfo’s three friends – Marcello, Schaunard and Colline – are presented.
With Mexican soprano Karen Gardeazabal as Mimi and directed by Enrico Castiglione, the opera will be transmitted to more than 350 cinemas around the world.
The National Theatre’s epic production of Tony Kushner’s multi-award-winning two-part play, ‘Angels in America’, is screened on Thursday 20 July (Part One: Millennium Approaches) and on Thursday 27 July (Part Two: Perestroika) at 7pm.
Set in mid 1980’s USA in the midst of the AIDS crisis, a group of New Yorkers grapple with the most profound and important issues – including their own relationships and deaths. Whilst the conservative Reagan administration is in the political background of the play, there are significant points of comparison with the current US political climate to be found in this important, powerful text.
With a star-studded cast and directed by Marianne Elliott – whose previous productions include ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ and ‘War Horse’ – the play has been universally praised as ‘intellectually dazzling’.
Andre Rieu’s hugely popular annual Maastricht Concert is transmitted LIVE on Saturday 22 July at 7pm with an ‘Encore’ transmission on Sunday 23 July at 3pm. This year the ‘King of Walz’ is celebrating 30 years of concerts with his Johann Strauss Orchestra from his home town of Maastricht.