The Wellesley’s programme of LIVE transmissions offers dance fans an exciting and rare opportunity on Sunday 19 March when the world-famous Bolshoi presents three contemporary works.
The programme includes Hans Van Manen’s ‘Frank Bridge’s Variations’, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s ‘Short Time Together and Alexei Ratmansky’s ‘Russian Seasons’. These three expressive pieces are set to varied music by Benjamin Britten, Max Richter and Ludwig van Beethoven and Leonid Desyatnikov whose music provides the score for Alexei Ratmansky’s ‘Russian Seasons’. This work, inspired by Russia’s rich folklore and created for New York City Ballet in 2006, was hailed as ‘a new Russian classic’ by critics and is now revived by the Bolshoi for the first time in 10 years with the company’s finest dancers.
On Thursday 30 March Wellington audiences can see Puccini’s poignant opera ‘Madame Butterfly’ transmitted LIVE from the Royal Opera House.
When this new production was first staged at the ROH in 2015 the Telegraph’s opera critic, Rupert Christiansen’ said, “This Madame Butterfly is a gorgeous spectacle. There’s no hint of the sordid back streets and child prostitution of Nagasaki implicit in the story. Directors Moshe Caurier and Patrice Leiser instead present a fairy tale in which the panelled walls of Butterfly’s elegant domain rise and fall without human agency to reveal exquisite tableaux of cherry blossom and night skies. Everything is immaculately clean and balletically formalised, sanitised of the mess of ordinary life.”
‘Madama Butterfly’ is regarded as one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden and the role of Naval Officer B.F. Pinkerton is sung by young tenor Marcelo Puente. Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this “intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.”
The production opens on 20 March.
Sunday 19 March at 3pm ‘A Contemporary Evening’ Bolshoi
Thursday 30 March at 7.15pm ‘Madame Butterfly’ Royal Opera
More information can be found on the Wellesley Cinema’s website.