February 25, 2022
BMFI Media Contact: Gina Izzo, Director of Marketing, 610-527-4008 x110, email@example.com
Opera Philadelphia Media Contact: Frank Luzi, 215-893-5902, firstname.lastname@example.org
See Opera Philadelphia’s historic film of La traviata on the big screen at Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Saturday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m.
In October 2015, rising soprano Lisette Oropesa made her role debut as Violetta in a new production of Verdi’s La traviata with Opera Philadelphia, serving notice that this would be one of the definitive roles of her career. Oropesa has gone on to perform the role at some of the world’s largest opera houses, including what the New York Times called a “star-making” turn at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera in February 2020.
Director Paul Curran’s film of that historic production, called “a highlight of the Opera Philadelphia Channel” by the New York Observer, can be enjoyed on the big screen on Saturday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m. at Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $18 for BMFI members and Opera Philadelphia members, and $10 for students with ID. Amy Spencer and Marissa Chalker of the Opera Philadelphia chorus will join us for a post-screening conversation. Visit BrynMawrFilm.org for details.
Featuring Verdi’s most timeless and lyrical score, La traviata has continued to captivate audiences for more than 150 years. In the glamorous world of Paris—updated to the mid-20th century in this lavish production—the naive young Alfredo (tenor Alek Shrader) falls head over heels for a beautiful party girl, much to the chagrin of his disapproving father (baritone Stephen Powell). One of opera’s greatest romances takes a wrenching turn after they risk everything for a chance at enduring love.
Opera Philadelphia, the only American finalist for both the 2016 International Opera Award for Best Opera Company and the 2020 International Opera Award for Best Festival, is “the very model of a modern opera company” (The Washington Post). Committed to developing opera for the 21st century, the company is recognized as “a hotbed of operatic innovation” (The New York Times). For more information, visit operaphila.org.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI) is a nonprofit, member-supported motion picture theater and film education center located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. BMFI is dedicated to promoting shared experiences that entertain, engage, and educate audiences through a diverse range of independent-minded films, a full curriculum of courses, and an extensive program of special events. BMFI was established in 2005 and has since become one of the nation’s largest and most successful art house theaters.