Three events for the price of one: an informative discussion, a feature film, and a live performance by Princeton Festival artists.
The program opens with a discussion of “Opera and the Movies” by a panel of experts. Andrew Lovett, composer and Professional Specialist at Princeton University, will moderate. Michael Wood, critic and Professor of English at Princeton University, and Sarah McDermott, a filmmaker, screenwriter, and founder of the Princeton Independent Film Festival, will contribute their insights.
The panel will be followed by a screening of QUARTET. Dustin Hoffman’s charming directorial debut tells the story of opera singers who reside in a retirement home for classical musicians. Each year, they arrange a concert to raise funds for their home. This year, however, rivalries reappear and plans begin to fall apart. With wonderful performances from Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, and Michael Gambon, the theme of aging is explored with grace and humor.
The movie ends triumphantly with the great third-act quartet from Verdi’s Rigoletto. The Festival artists will take it from there, singing the quartet and other arias in a fitting conclusion to the afternoon.
Screening will include discussion and live performance of the Quartet from Rigoletto by members of the Princeton Festival. Tickets $15.
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