Last week the world of ballet took its first delicate and perfectly-poised steps into the world of 3D cinema. Giselle 3D — which was shot almost a year ago at Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg — received its big screen première in London and will be shown in selected cinemas around the UK in April.
It’s not just ballet which is seeking to entice arthouse audiences to don 3D glasses. Opera entered the fray earlier this year with 3D cinema screenings of Bizet’s Carmen and Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. The latter, performed by the English National Opera and directed by Mike Figgis, was broadcast live to 15 cinemas across the UK and Ireland, and on Sky TV, in February.
Earlier this month saw the release of Bizet’s Carmen, starring Christine Rice, filmed in 3D by Julian Napier at the Royal Opera House.… [continue reading]