Now that we have opera at the movies, it's time for movies with opera in them
Yesterday's Observer magazine in the Guardian reported that there's a February premiere coming for a British movie that contains large chunks of Mozart's opera Così fan tutte. Richard E. Grant stars in First Night as a wealthy man who invites a troupe over to perform the opera at his house.
The article suggests that this may be the Next Big Thing in movies, not mentioning Kenneth Branagh's endearingly strange World War I-set Magic Flute feature film from four years ago, which came and went with barely a ripple, despite some very fine singing.
But now that operas are Saturday-afternoon sellouts at movie theatres, perhaps the time has come for opera in movies, as well.
In case you missed Branagh's movie, here is an early scene that includes Canadian Joseph Kaiser, who plays Tamino, followed by a clip of René Pape as Sarastro: