Masterpiece operas coming to a cinema near you

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 March, 2011, 12:00am

Classical in Cinema brings some of the greatest classical music shows to the big screen.

Using cutting edge technology, the series captures concerts and operas in high definition. Opera giants including Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko spring to life right before your eyes.

'World-class performances are made more accessible to local audiences,' Leslie Ching Pui-wai, director of iMagine Corporation, which is bringing it to Hong Kong.

Although the pictures may not fully recreate the atmosphere of a live performance, they still give the audience a unique experience.

'In the theatre, we always sit in the same place and watch the show from the same angle,' Ching said. 'But the producers of Classical in Cinema have made use of cinematography to [show] close-ups of the performers' expressions.'

The series also gives classical music a new image. 'Operas may be based on stories written several hundred years ago,' Ching said, 'but we revamped the performances by incorporating elements like science fiction into them.'

Highlights include a famous production of Aida as well as the Karajan Memorial Concert.

Classical in Cinema will screen more than 30 concerts and operas on weekends all year round at Palace IFC, Broadway The One, AMC Pacific Place and Festival Walk