SUMMER FOR THE CULTURE VULTURE
June 25 – MADAME BUTTERFLY – Puccini’s tale about an East-West love affair. A film ov the opening night of the 2016-2017 season of the Teatro alla Scala, with the Uruguayan soprano Maria José Siri and American tenor Bryan Hymel as the two ill-fated lovers. At the Kenwood Theatre.
July 2 – LOVES LABOURS LOST – Beginning in 2014, Canada’s Straford Festival embarked on a mission to film all Shakespeare plays over the course of a decade. Two new HD films are heading to a Cincinnati screen near you this summer. William Shakespeare’s sexy comedy about a bunch of (straight) guys who vow to keep away from girls until further notice comes to the Mariemont Theatre in a handsome modern-dress production directed by award winning John Caird.
July 9 – CINDERELLA – Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky wowed the critics with more and bigger and better leaps per minute in his staging for the Australian Ballet of Prokofiev’s dance fest about the neglected housemaid who turns into a princess through the magic of love and fairy god-motherliness. At the Kenwood Theatre.
July 16 – AIDA – Now that the Ringling Brothers Circus has ceased operations about your only chance to see elephants on stage is at the Opera. Verdi’s Aida with some fabulous Australian singers from the Sidney Opera hits the Mariemont Theatre screen later this summer. Bring peanuts for the elephants or for yourself (it’s a long opera.)
July 23 – MACBETH – Shakespeare’s tale about an outsider with vaulting ambition and no scruples resonates for us today with its enormous relevance. This is yet another Stratford Festival offering, at the Kenwood Theatre.
July 30 – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Not the play, neither Mendelssohn’s composition nor the operatic setting by Britten, but a ballet. The Ballet de l’Opera Nationale de Paris on the Mariemont Theatre.
On Sundays at 1 pm. Tickets $15 on line at MariemontTheatre.com or KenwoodTheatre.com
Rafael de Acha