Aberdeen Box Office is usually the first stop for any show tickets, but now they’re going to put movie fans in the picture.
For Aberdeen Performing Arts’ city-based ticketing agency has teamed up with Belmont Picturehouse to handle tickets for Performing Arts on the Big Screen events.
The first venture will be for four opera performances at Glyndebourne – two of them live.
The first two will be recorded performances - La Cenerentola, on Friday, June 22 and The Fairy Queen on Sunday, July 22 - which will be followed by live performances of Le Nozze di Figaro on Friday, August 17 and a Ravel double bill on Sunday, August 19.
The live performances will begin a little after curtain up and the cinema audience will have only a 30-minute interval, instead of the longer break at Glyndebourne – traditionally time enough for a three-course meal and a walk through the grounds.
The slightly later start for the cinema audience means the transmission will have caught up by the end of the interval and both audiences will share the experience of the remaining acts and curtain-down.
Tickets for the Glyndebourne operas cost £20 (£15 concession) and are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
Belmont Picturehouse general manager David Jane said: "We are extremely excited to be linking up with Aberdeen Performing Arts in this exciting new venture.
“We pride ourselves in bringing some of the best cultural events available to Aberdeen through the power of satellite technology and delivering the performances in high definition and high quality sound and are delighted to be linking with Aberdeen Box Office to make these events even more accessible to the local arts community.
“The Belmont Picturehouse is delighted to be able to link with APA in an exciting new venture which brings the opportunity for their customers to book tickets directly for our Screen Arts content - highlights of the Screen Arts Summer Season include a series of screenings of the Glyndebourne Festival, which is renowned for the quality of its opera productions and commitment to artistic excellence and also a series of pre recorded screenings of Wagner's Ring Cycle by the New York Metropolitan Opera.
“This exciting link up with APA provides both organisations the opportunity to further bring the best of cultural events to the local arts community."
Aberdeen Box Office’s Leon Gray said: "APA is thrilled to announce this new ticketing partnership with the Belmont Picturehouse.
“The cinema has put together a fantastic programme of live performing arts on the big screen this summer, and I am delighted to offer customers the opportunity to buy seats directly through Aberdeen Box Office.
“The live screenings from the Glyndebourne Festival are certainly some of the highlights of the Screen Arts Summer Season, and I hope we can extend this new partnership to open up even more of the Belmont's fantastic programme of Big Screen events in the near future."
La Cenerentola, on June 22, retells the story of Cinderella with an irrepressible score from Rossini; Ruxandra Donose singing the role of Cenerentola and baritone Maxim Mironov as the prince, making his Glyndebourne debut.
In The Fairy Queen, on July 22, Purcell’s intoxicating combination of words and music alternates elements of the plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a variety of musical interludes - a magical brew concocted by director Jonathan Kent in inventive collaboration with designer Paul Brown.
The new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro has particular resonance for Glyndebourne as it was their first opera performed in 1934. This production brings together two thrilling artistic talents - conductor Robin Ticciati who will be Glyndebourne’s new music director from 2014 and director Michael Grandage, returning for the first time since making his opera debut at Glyndebourne with Billy Budd in 2010.
On August 19, Ravel’s two one-act operas will reunite director Laurent Pelly and conductor Kazushi Ono, who made their Glyndebourne debuts in 2008 with Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel.