By Matthew Curtis | Enzian Theater June 26, 2008 at 12:34PM
Founded in 1778, the Teatro alla Scala is widely considered to be one of the greatest opera houses in history. It has been home to many of the most renowned composers, conductors, and virtuoso singers of the international opera world. And for a brief time this summer, some of its finest productions, recorded live in gorgeous High Def with Dolby Digital surround sound, will be appearing on the Enzian screen in a special Sunday matinee series.
The first and third Sundays in July and August will feature these extraordinary filmed performances starting at 12 noon, so what better (and more cultured) reason does one need to get out of the heat? July 6 will be Verdi's AIDA, directed and designed by none other than filmmaking legend Franco Zeffirelli (the 1968 ROMEO AND JULIET, the 1986 OTELLO with Placido Domingo, and the Oscar-nominated Mel Gibson/Glenn Close HAMLET from 1990). Next up on July 20 is Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, conducted by Lorin Maazel and directed by filmmaker Liliana Cavani (1974's infamous THE NIGHT PORTER and 2002's highly acclaimed but virtually unreleased RIPLEY'S GAME). Verdi gives way to Donizetti for MARIA STUARDA on August 3, and the summer series concludes with Puccini's IL TRITTICO on August 17.
Central Floridians have a unique opportunity to experience operas on the big screen from Milan's world famous Teatro alla Scala in stunning digital format and surround sound--how cool is that?