October 21st, 2017 - 12:30 am to 4:30 pm
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is proud to present the Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of Mozart’s sublime fairy tale, DIE ZAUBERFLӦTE, on Saturday, October 21 at 12:30 PM and Monday, October 23 at 12:30 PM. Please note that screenings are now being held at the Cinema Art Theater and will be shown as a recorded presentation one week after being filmed live. Each performance will be shown on both a Saturday and Monday. Audience members are allowed to eat and drink concessions sold onsite in the Theater. They will also appreciate the wonderful sound quality, as well as the comfortable seats.
The Met: Live in HD season continues with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s magical fable, DIE ZAUBERFLӦTE. Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version, featuring Julie Taymor’s spectacular production which captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism. The outstanding cast includes Golda Schultz as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek as Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as Tamino, Markus Werba as Papageno, Christian Van Horn as Speaker, and René Pape as Sarastro. [Sung in German with English subtitles, Runtime: 3 hours, with one intermission].
The opera was written for a theater located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a Singspiel (song-play) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity. This is an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted, of the story and score. The composer and librettist were both Freemasons, the fraternal order whose membership is held together by shared moral and metaphysical ideals, and Masonic imagery is used throughout the work. The story, however, is as universal as any fairy tale.
In addition to the opera performance, the HD series features Met opera stars conducting live interviews with cast and/or various production crew members while showing behind-the-scene workings. This production is the second in The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD series of 10 dates of live simulcast transmissions for 2017–18.
Admission for The Met: Live in HD broadcasts is $25 for adults, $22 for RBFS members, Met members, and seniors (65+); $15 for Students (with ID) and children (12 and under). Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Online reservations may be made at www.rehobothfilm.com with MasterCard or VISA. Admission will be available at the door for any unsold seats. Doors open at 12:00 PM.
The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment for our community. The Film Society sponsors ongoing screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Nov. 2-12, 2017). Having met all the requirements for best practices in nonprofit management, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute®. The Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at www.rehobothfilm.com, or call 302-645-9095.