Saturday, January 8, 2011

Carmen Gets the 3D Treatment She Deserves

"'Carmen in 3D' -- which is believed to be the first opera to be shot in 3-D for movie theaters -- will premiere as the closing selection of the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Feb. 6 and is scheduled to open in cinemas around the world on March 5, organizers said Thursday. The movie version uses a 2006 staging of the Georges Bizet opera directed by Francesca Zambello at the Royal Opera House in London. The movie was shot over two performances in 2010, and stars Christine Rice in the title role, Bryan Hymel as Don Jose, Aris Argiris as Escamillo and Maija Kovalevska as Micaëla. Conductor Constantinos Carydis leads the Royal Opera House Orchestra."

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