Wed 11 October 2017 | 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tel Aviv Opera House - Sderot Sha'ul HaMelech 19, Tel Aviv, 200 NIS
The first time in Israel
The masterpiece of Philip Glass, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century
Live performance of the unique and sweeping soundtrack of Glass on background
Screening of Jean Cocteau’s film (1946)
About the classic story of beauty and the beast.
Opera, cinema, singers and ensemble on one stage.
Performed by Philip Glass Ensemble players.
Conductor: Michael Reisman
He-ting Chin – mezzo-soprano
Marie Massacre – soprano
Gregory of Copenhagen-Bariton
Peter Stewart – Baritone
* Poetry in French, Hebrew subtitles.
On the show:
The famous American composer Philip Glass invented a new genre, an opera performed by an ensemble of singers and musicians with a screening of a film, with the dialogues of the actors sung by the singers.
Philippe Glass wrote his masterpiece for the famous film by the famous French director and writer Jean Cocteau, “Beauty and the Beast” (1945).
When the music in the film is accompanied by a live symphony orchestra, Philip Glass went one step further and perfected the genre by turning the film into a cinematic and musical opera.
This is one of the works of Glass that received enthusiastic reviews and great success and performance. One of his challenging works succeeded in creating a complete and precise synchronization between the film and the new soundtrack he created. He removed the original dialogues and the music written by George Orik. Instead, he wrote new music performed live by the Philip Glass Ensemble. Four singers sing the dialogue in perfect harmony with what is happening on the screen.
This is the second part of Glass’s trilogy, based on Cocteau’s films. In the first work, “Orpheus,” Glass used a dialogue of the Chaldean Cocteau. But the film was not screened. Once, Glass combines the entire film. The third part of the trilogy is the creation of a theater dance based on the play “The Terrible Children.”