New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

STATE THEATRE ANNOUNCES NEW HD PROGRAM

(New Brunswick, NJ) -- State Theatre announces a brand new HD program that allows the State Theatre to bring performances, captured live from around the world—including the Royal Opera House in London, England; the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia; and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy—to New Jersey audiences. The opera series features many prominent stars including Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel, Anna Netrebko, Daniel Barenboim, and Ramón Vargas. The ballet stars featured include two prominent dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet, Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 19, 2011 (9am–internet / 10am–phone and window). Tickets are $22.



"We are thrilled to realize our mission by bringing the highest quality performing arts from around the world to the State Theatre at affordable ticket prices. We have carefully considered how the State Theatre can present programs of world-class quality, find a unique audience niche, and secure the highest caliber equipment to enrich the experience for our audiences. HD programming is the perfect fit," says Mark W. Jones, President & CEO of the State Theatre.



To make this new screening experience the best it can be, the State Theatre is purchasing a new HD digital cinema projection system including a Barco projector, an extra large 40'x22.5' Stewart film screen, and digital surround sound. The historic State Theatre will feature one of the largest tab tensioned perforated electric screens manufactured to date by Stewart Filmscreen Corp, measuring an impressive 46' diagonal. California-based Stewart Filmscreen is recognized as the industry leader in precision projection screen technologies and is creating this custom seamless screen for the State Theatre.



The State Theatre is partnering with Emerging Pictures, LLC to present this new HD program. Emerging Pictures is the largest all-digital specialty film and alternate content theater network in the United States. Emerging has a network of arts institutions, media arts centers and independent art house theaters, tied together through digital technology—enabling them to cost effectively exhibit films and cultural programming.



State Theatre's 2011-2012 OPERA IN CINEMA events include Tosca (11/2/11), Cendrillon (1/8/12), Il Trittico (2/2/12), and Rigoletto (4/22/12), performed by the The Royal Opera and captured live at the Royal Opera House in London, England; Aida (11/16/11), performed by Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and captured live at their opera house in Florence, Italy; Don Giovanni (12/8/11), performed by La Scala and captured live at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy; and La Bohème (3/14/12), performed by Liceu and captured live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain.



The BALLET IN CINEMA events include Don Quixote (11/9/11), The Sleeping Beauty (11/30/11), Swan Lake (1/15/12), and Coppélia (2/22/12), performed by the Bolshoi Ballet and captured live at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia; Romeo and Juliet (5/16/12) and La Fille Mal Gardée (6/13/11), performed by The Royal Ballet and captured live at the at the Royal Opera House in London, England.



In addition to opera and ballet screenings, the State Theatre will also screen classic and indie films. Two films currently programmed include the indie cult sensation, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, on Friday, August 26 (This screening will not be in HD. Tickets are $20.) and Sing-A-Long Sound of Music, the classic film starring Julie Andrews, on January 29, 2012. Partnering with the State Theatre for the classic and indie films is Metuchen Film Festival curator and owner of The Raconteur book shop in Metuchen, Alex Dawson. "As a committed arts programmer with over five hundred events behind me, I'm naturally very excited about The Raconteur's new collaboration with the State Theatre on a series of interactive, special-guest film events. I'm eager to combine our existing audience with those of the State, as well as attract new event goers," said Dawson.



The HD Program has been made possible by the generous support of The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation; Dave and Carolyn Horn; The Hyde and Watson Foundation; J. Seward Johnson, Sr. Charitable Trusts; The Richard B. Sellars Fund; RTS Unified Communications; and Vornado Realty Trust.



Complete listing of 2011-12 HD Broadcasts at the State Theatre



OPERA IN CINEMA


Tosca, The Royal Opera

Giacomo Puccini
Wed, November 2, 2011 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Royal Opera House in London, England
Starring Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, and Lukas Jakobski



Aida, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Giuseppe Verdi
Wed, November 16, 2011 at 7pm

Captured Live at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy
Conducted by Zubin Mehta

Starring Roberto Tagliavini, Luciana D'Intino, Hui He, and Marco Berti

Don Giovanni, La Scala

W.A. Mozart
Thu, December 8, 2011 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy
Conducted by Daniel Barenboim

Starring Anna Netrebko and Bryn Terfel

Cendrillon, The Royal Opera

Jules Massenet
Sun, January 8, 2012 at 2pm
Captured Live at the Royal Opera House in London, England
Starring Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote and Eglise Guttiérez

Il Trittico, The Royal Opera

Giacomo Puccini
Thu, February 2, 2012 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Royal Opera House in London, England
Starring Lucio Gallo, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Anja Harteros, Anna Larsson, and Elena Zilio

La Bohème, Liceu

Giacomo Puccini
Wed, March 14, 2012 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain

Starring Ramón Vargas and Fiorenza Cedolins


Rigoletto, The Royal Opera

Giuseppe Verdi
Sun, April 22, 2012 at 2pm
Captured Live at the Royal Opera House in London, England

Directed by David McVicar
Starring Dimitri Plantanias, Ekaterina Siurina, Vittorio Grigolo, and Christine Rice



BALLET IN CINEMA

Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet
Wed, November 9, 2011 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia
Choreography by Alexei Fadeyechev

Composed by Ludwig Minkus
Starring Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev

The Sleeping Beauty, Bolshoi Ballet
Wed, November 30, 2011 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia

Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich (1973) after Marius Petipa



Swan Lake, Bolshoi Ballet
Sun, January 15, 2012 at 2pm
Captured Live at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia
Starring Mariya Aleksandrova and Nicolai Tsiskaridze

Coppélia, Bolshoi Ballet
Wed, February 22, 2012 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia
Original Choreography by Marius Petipa, recreated by Sergei Vikharev
Composed by Leo Delibes
Starring Viacheslav Lopatin and Natalia Osipova


Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet
Wed, May 16, 2012 at 7pm

Captured Live at the Royal Opera House in London, England

Choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan


La Fille Mal Gardée, The Royal Ballet
Wed, June 13, 2012 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Royal Opera House in London, England

Choreographed by Frederick Ashton



For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Friday 10am to 5pm; and at least two hours prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517.



State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people's lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre's programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98. 3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.