Art & Culture
- Written by Silvia G Golan
The Royal Opera House “Covent Garden” in London brings “Madama Butterfly” to Israeli theaters on Thursday evening March 30th – at Cinema City Gelilot, Jerusalem and Rishon Lezion.
Conductor Sir Antonio Pappano is leading a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s famous play Madama Butterfly, with some of the finest singers led by the critically acclaimed Ermonela Jaho.
- Written by Nooralhuda
On Sunday night, March 12th, the movie “A Date for Mad Mary” was screened at Cinematheque Tel Aviv, opening Irish Film Week. The movie is one of five different films that will be played in Tel-Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.
- Written by Buzzy Gordon
The Israel Opera’s current production of Faust by Charles Gounod is an amalgam of grand opera and ballet that combines the best of both artistic worlds. The superb performances by vocalists and dancers alike take place against the backdrop of stunning scenery, whose staging employs high-tech hydraulics.
In this four-hour production of the opera in five acts -- a co-production of the Israel Opera with Teatro Regio Torino and Opera de Lausanne -- the choreography -- by visiting director Stefano Poda -- practically steals the show. The writhing, sensual movements of the souls in Hell are rendered all the more unforgettable by the near-total nudity of the lithe terpsichoreans.
Indeed, at the premiere performance of Faust on March 6, the audience’s enthusiastic ovations for the dancers rivaled those that regaled the singers. The dancers also received named credits in the program playbill.
The Opera Orchestra -- the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion -- conducted by Dan Ettinger, was in fine form in an augmented capacity, with two harpists and complete woodwind and percussion sections.
The role of Faust was sung by tenor Gaston Rivera, while that of Mephistopholes was sung by bass Paolo Battaglia. Soprano Aurelia Florian excelled as Marguerite, and the breeches role of Marguerite’s suitor -- and Faust’s rival -- Siebel was sung by mezzo soprano Na’ama Goldmann.
The roles of all five major protagonists alternate each evening during the course of this stunning production, which runs through March 25.
Director, Designer and Choreographer Stefano Poda
Among the soloists:
The Israeli Opera Chorus
Chorus Master: Ethan Schmeisser
The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion
Sung in French
English and Hebrew Surtitles
Translation: Israel Ouval
Duration: Three hours & 15 minutes
Co-production with Teatro Regio di Torino and Opera de Lausanne
PREMIÈRE 210, 280, 345, 420, 470 NIS
SUN-FRI 190, 252, 319, 388, 438 NIS
SAT 207, 269, 334, 404, 453 NIS
The New Israeli Opera
Shaul Hamelekh Boulevard 19, Tel Aviv
Tel. (03) 692-7777
- Written by GPO
Purim, one of Judaism's more colorful and popular holidays, is celebrated this year between sunset Saturday, 11 March, and sunset Sunday, 12 March, in most of Israel – excluding Jerusalem where Purim will be celebrated from sunset on Sunday, 12 March, until sunset on Monday, 13 March (see below). Purim is not a public holiday in Israel, but many offices, shops, and public institutions will operate on a reduced basis. Schools will be closed, but public transportation will operate as usual, and newspapers will be published.
- Written by Czech Embassy
Director: Petr Zelenka, Czech Republic, 2008, Czech with Hebrew subtitles, 100 min
For the tickets contact your Cinematheque.A theatre company from Prague arrives in Cracow to present a stage adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov at the city’s alternative drama festival. The production is to be staged in an unusual venue – the local steelworks. During rehearsals, the drama on stage spills over into real life, behind the scenes and front of house... In both his chosen theme and form, director Petr Zelenka has come up with an exceptional piece, oscillating between fiction and documentary and centred on the successful stage production presented by Prague’s Dejvice Theatre.
Petr Zelenka (b. 1967, Prague) is one of the Czech Republic’s most highly regarded screenwriters and directors. He studied scriptwriting and dramaturgy at FAMU (1991) and then worked as a script editor at Barrandov film studios. He wrote the script for the short Allenesque piece Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex but Were Afraid to Experience (1999, dir. Jan Hřebejk) and for the box-office hit comedy Loners (2000, dir. David Ondříček). In 1993 he directed the fictional feature-length documentary Padlock (Visací zámek 1982-2007), which he followed with the similarly conceived Mňága – Happy End (1996). He then made his award-winning feature debut Buttoners (1997 – Czech Lion for Best Czech Film, among others), Year of the Devil (2002 — Crystal Globe at the KVIFF) and an adaptation of his own stage play which won the prestigious Alfréd Radok prize, Wrong Side Up (2005).
Director: Petr Zelenka
Screenplay: Petr Zelenka based on the novel The Brothers Karamazov by F.M. Dostoyevski and stage adaptation by Evald Schorm
Director of Photography: Alexander Šurkala
Music: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Editor: Vladimír Barák
Cast: Ivan Trojan, Igor Chmela, Martin Myšička, David Novotný, Lenka Krobotová, Michaela Badinková