Opera/ballet cinema series announced for Midland

Midland Mirror

MIDLAND – Brookside Music Association will show Midland audiences films of operas and ballets from the Royal Opera House cinema series starting next month.

John French, Brookside’s founder and artistic director, called the new series “a wonderful way to make these incredible art forms accessible to the people of our region.”

He added he is considering pre-show talks about the operas as a means of enhancing the understanding and appreciation of the performances.

The series will kick off Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. with the seasonal favourite ballet “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky.

The season will continue in the new year with showings of the Puccini opera “Tosca” on Jan. 20, Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” on Feb. 17, Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” on March 24, Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake” on May 19 and Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” on June 16.

The series will be held in Rotary Hall at the Midland Cultural Centre. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Children 13 and under will be admitted free.