Peter Grimes is coming to Naija…whao!!!!. FilmOne Distribution, a company known for its sound professionalism and innovation, is spearheading the introduction of “Event Cinema” in Nigeria. This unique concept offers alternative content to movies via visually refreshing stories told using the ever green ‘Opera’ platform. FilmHouse cinemas will exclusively screen one of Britain’s most significant operas; Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, as performed by the English National Opera in stunning cinematic high definition from July 25th 2014, in all its locations.
This laudable feat is the first of its kind in West Africa and is possible thanks to the support of the UK’s cultural relations organisation the British Council and Altive Media. Ojoma Ochai, Director Arts, British Council Nigeria said, “We are very pleased about the partnership with FilmOne Distribution and FilmHouse Cinemas and look forward to sharing high quality performances from the UK with new audiences in their cinemas across Nigeria.”
Peter Grimes is an opera in a prologue and three acts and is the first revival of director David Alden’s 2009 five-star, sell-out production. The English National Opera is one of the world’s most innovative and accessible opera companies with an International reputation for distinctive, contemporary and highly theatrical productions. Peter Grimes paints a vivid picture of a small community’s descent into suspicion, gossip and mob mentality in the face of a tragedy. What really happened to fisherman Peter Grimes’s missing apprentice, and was he involved? As the townspeople’s mistrust grows, Grimes spirals into a downfall with devastating consequences!
Stuart Skelton, described as the ‘definitive’ Peter Grimes, takes the lead role, with Elza Van den Heever playing Ellen, Iain Paterson does justice to Balstrode’s role, while Rebecca de Pont Davies gives a spectacular performance as Auntie. Directed by David Alden and conducted by Edward Gardner, Peter Grimes features some of the most powerful and evocative music ever written and was a massive hit in the UK.
International critics have given rave reviews about Peter Grimes. The London Evening Standard hails it as “a shattering evening of music theatre”, The Observer calls it “unmissable”, The Times states “Stuart Skelton’s Grimes is both ravishingly sung and fully dramatically realised”, while the Daily Telegraph praises “Edward Gardner’s masterly conducting … the orchestra plays for him as if possessed, and the result is an evening of scorching intensity”.
Peter Grimes, a ‘must see’ opera in Nigeria, is brought to you in partnership with Altive Media and is proudly supported by the British Council.
Hmm… very innovative we must say…We’ll be there live and direct…BE THERE…..