International opera and theatre screened at Cinema Nouveau, Rosebank

HD Screenings at Cinema Nouveau, Ster-Kinekor, Rosebank Mall

programme-operasJozi’ites are privileged indeed to have access to the HD opera series brought live from the New York Met and the live HD National Theatre productions from London.  These much anticipated movies are screened at Sterkinekor’s Cinema Nouveau  in the Rosebank Mall, a mere 3 km from Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse. Unfortunately since Ster Kinekor revamped its website it has not included the advance programmes – a serious omission indeed. So here is Liz at Lancaster’s programme summary for those who look out for these long-awaited productions.    

National Theatre (London) productions 

no-mans-land-from-21-januaryamadeus-wbThere are 4 amazing upcoming screenings coming from the National Theatre productions starting on 21st January with the wonderful revival of Harold Pinter’s comic classic No Man’s Land with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.  Peter Shafer’s iconic play Amadeus premiered at the National  Theatre in 1979 winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards. It was later adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.   In this new version which opens at Cinema Nouveau on 4th March, Salieri is played by Lucian Msamati (best known for his role as Salladhor Saan in Game of Thrones.) There is live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

hedda-from-1-apriljoan-of-arcBilled as an ‘electrifying masterpiece’ Gemma Arterton plays the title role in Josie Rourke’s production of Bernard Shaw’s classic play Saint Joan. It opens at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank on 18th March. And finally opening on 1st April is Ian van Hove’s modern production of Ibsen’s classic Hedda Gabler. Ruth Wilson (of Luther and The Affair fame) plays the title role and Rafe Spall (Black Mirror and The Big Short) plays Brack.   

Live HD screenings of the NY Met 2016-2017 opera season 

Susanna Phillips as Clémence in L'Amour de Loin. Source: Kristian Schuller
Susanna Phillips as Clémence in L’Amour de Loin. Source: Kristian Schuller
Placido Domingo adds to his repertoire. Source: Marty Sohl
Placido Domingo adds to his repertoire. Source: Marty Sohl

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s 2000 L’Amour de Loin premiered at the NY Met and comes to Cinema Nouveau Rosebank on 7th January. This meditation on idealized love set in the medieval era, stars Susanna Phillips as Clémence, Eric Owens as Jaufré, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them.

Opening on 4th Feb is Nabucco with Plácido Domingo (this adds a new role to his repertory)  Liudmyla Monastyrska sings Nabucco’s daughter Abigaille, with Jamie Barton as Fenena, Russell Thomas as Ismaele, and Dmitry Belosselskiy  as the prophet  Zaccaria.  This is the first time Nabucco has been released in HD.

Diana Damrau as Juliette in Gounod's opera
Diana Damrau as Juliette in Gounod’s opera

A week later on 11th February, Roméo et Juliette begins its brief run. Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau reunite for this new production by Bartlett Sher of Gounod’s opera based on the Shakespeare play. Elliot Madore sings Mercutio and Mikhail Petrenko sings Frère Laurent. Sher’s staging is a La Scala production, initially presented by the Salzburg Festival, where it premiered in 2008.

Kristine Opolais as the water nymph in Dvořák’s Rusalka
Kristine Opolais as the water nymph in Dvořák’s Rusalka

Dvořák’s  Rusalka (opening 25th March), conducted by Sir Mark Elder and directed by Mary Zimmerman, will star Kristine Opolais in the title role of a water nymph who falls in love with a human prince, sung by Brandon Jovanovich.  Other singers are Katarina Dalayman as her rival, the Foreign Princess; Eric Owens as the Water Sprite, Rusalka’s father; and Jamie Barton as the duplicitous witch Ježibaba.  

How luscious does this production of La Traviata look?
How luscious does this production of La Traviata look?

Willy Decker’s staging of  Verdi’s La Traviata  opens on 8 AprilSonya Yoncheva plays the doomed courtesan Violetta Valéry opposite American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo. Thomas Hampson sings one of his most acclaimed Met roles as Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s disapproving father, in a revival of conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti.

Another first for HD is Mozart’s Idomeneo set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s classic production stars Matthew Polenzani in the title role. The cast also includes our own Johannesburg-born Elza van den Heever as Elettra, Nadine Sierra as Ilia, Alice Coote as Idamante and Alan Opie as Arbace. This starts on 29th April.

Netrebko as Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s 'Eugene Onegin'
Netrebko as Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.  Source: Ken Howard

Netrebko again plays the role of the heroine Tatiana in Deborah Warner’s staging  of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, this time with fellow Russian superstar Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Onegin.   Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Onegin’s friend-turned-rival, Lenski, with Elena Maximova as Tatiana’s sister Olga and Štefan Kocán as Prince Gremin. Starts 20 May.



Two extraordinary leads: Renée Fleming and Elīna Garanča in Der Rosenkavalier from 10 Jun
Two extraordinary leads: Renée Fleming and Elīna Garanča in Der Rosenkavalier from 10 Jun. Source:

The Met’s first new production since 1969 of Strauss’s  Der Rosenkavalier  is conducted by Sebastian Weigle and directed by Robert Carsen. The amazing Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles as the Marschallin, opposite Elīna Garanča as Octavian, the impulsive young title character. The cast also includes Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, Erin Morley as Sophie, Marcus Brück in his Met debut as Faninal and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer.

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14 thoughts on “International opera and theatre screened at Cinema Nouveau, Rosebank

  1. please could you keep me updated with cinema nouveau opera and international theatre…warm regards

  2. Perhaps best to subscribe to my blog. Means you will get notifications. Of a particular post interests you, you can read it, If not, just delete the email! See my latest blog on Al Bocca in Lupo at the Market Theatre. It is excellent. On until 21st May.

  3. Hi it’s all the screenings of earlier this year. I’ve tried the internet but no schedule for 2017 2018 Where can I find the upcoming show times for the new season . it’s just Soo frustrating please help

  4. This is what I have found so far (more advanced screenings not available yet.)
    Dates of Live HD Screenings of NY Met Operas 2017-2018 season … Oops I’m going to email you separately as the spacing goes out with dates and times. Cinema Nouveau should pay me for the marketing I do for them!!

  5. The information is very bad. Love to have time schedule of all the opera screenings of the new season. Many thanks

  6. As you see I run a guesthouse. Cinema Nouveau is part of SterKinekor. The new 2018-2019 live in HD opera season starts in October in the US so not sure when it will come to SA. Ster Kinekor’s SterKinekor have a REALLY user-unfriendly website and do not publish the programme of Live HD Opera; Ballet; Art exhibitions or National Theatre productions but mix them all up with the mainstream movies so it’s hit and miss whether you ever get info as you just have to keep searching. It’s extraordinary that in this day and age of finding info on-line their website is still so impossible to navigate. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

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