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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (Vincente Minnelli, USA 1951) G
Gene Kelly is not just our completely charming romantic lead in this fantastic cinematic masterpiece, he's also the film's choreographer. Though best known for its groundbreaking twenty minute finale (which more than lives up to the hype), the whole of An American in Paris is essentially a ballet as Kelly doesn't even know how to breathe without it being a charged, sexy and utterly artful movement. He's exquisite to watch even when not in the midst of the superb Gershwin numbers. In the dance numbers themselves he's simply phenomenal. Kelly discovered co-star Caron when she was just 15 and he and director Vincente Minnelli give her every opportunity to... shine here in her screen debut. Spectacular looking...with Technicolor brightness....revels in the vibrant modern jazz with a great deal of passion, enthusiasm for experimentation and energy underlying even it's most downbeat and cynical of moments.
- Nicola Osborne, Edinbourough University Film Society, Autumn 2003.
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Tickets: $25; NZOS Members $18, Seniors $22 Students under 25 free.

Don Quichotte – José van Dam
La belle Dulcinée – Silva Tro Santafé
Sancho Panza – Werner van Mechelen
Members of the Young Artists Programme, Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth – La Monnaie
Conductor – Marc Minkowski
Director & Costume Designer – Laurent Pelly
Designer – Barbara de Limburg
Lighting Designer – Joël Adam
Orchestra & Chorus of La Monnaie

There has been a revival of Massenet’s operas and Don Quichotte, has been at the forefront. Premiering in 1910, two years before his death, and written especially for the great Russian bass Fyodor Chaliapin. In keeping with the theme of a noble leave-taking this production from La Monnaie marked José van Dam’s final operatic performances in 2010. Laurent Pelly brings his usual panache creating an operatic fantasy worthy of Quichotte’s dreams.

Act One
In a crowded square Dulcinée is courted by four suitors. When the elderly knight errant Don Quichotte and his sidekick, Sancho Panza, arrive the Don is mocked by one of the suitors, Juan. When all have departed the knight serenades Dulcinée, but Juan interrupts and a duel ensues. Dulcinée upbraiding Quichotte asks him to retrieve a necklace stolen by bandits.

Act Two
The knight and Panza set out. Panza sings a tirade against women. As the mist clears Quichotte mistakes some windmills for giants and attacks them. His lance gets caught and he is borne aloft.

Act Three
While Quichotte and Panza sleep they are attacked by the bandits. Quichotte manages to win them over. They release him and return the necklace.

Act Four
Dulcinée sings of the caprice of love and is astonished when Quichotte returns with the necklace. He proposes marriage, which she turns down saying she is generous in her love and wouldn’t want to deceive him. The knight is heartbroken and Panza has to protect him from the crowd’s mockery.

Act Five
As the Don dies he promises Panza an “island of dreams” and, in the moon’s face, sees an image of Dulcinée.

Massenet Opera “Don Quichotte" Paramount 7pm Monday 24 November 2014
2010 (2 hrs 52m)
Tickets: $25; NZOS Members $18, Seniors $22 Students under 25 free.

Don Quichotte – José van Dam
La belle Dulcinée – Silva Tro Santafé
Sancho Panza – Werner van Mechelen
Members of the Young Artists Programme, Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth – La Monnaie
Conductor – Marc Minkowski
Director & Costume Designer – Laurent Pelly
Designer – Barbara de Limburg
Lighting Designer – Joël Adam
Orchestra & Chorus of La Monnaie

There has been a revival of Massenet’s operas and Don Quichotte, has been at the forefront. Premiering in 1910, two years before his death, and written especially for the great Russian bass Fyodor Chaliapin. In keeping with the theme of a noble leave-taking this production from La Monnaie marked José van Dam’s final operatic performances in 2010. Laurent Pelly brings his usual panache creating an operatic fantasy worthy of Quichotte’s dreams.

Act One
In a crowded square Dulcinée is courted by four suitors. When the elderly knight errant Don Quichotte and his sidekick, Sancho Panza, arrive the Don is mocked by one of the suitors, Juan. When all have departed the knight serenades Dulcinée, but Juan interrupts and a duel ensues. Dulcinée upbraiding Quichotte asks him to retrieve a necklace stolen by bandits.

Act Two
The knight and Panza set out. Panza sings a tirade against women. As the mist clears Quichotte mistakes some windmills for giants and attacks them. His lance gets caught and he is borne aloft.

Act Three
While Quichotte and Panza sleep they are attacked by the bandits. Quichotte manages to win them over. They release him and return the necklace.

Act Four
Dulcinée sings of the caprice of love and is astonished when Quichotte returns with the necklace. He proposes marriage, which she turns down saying she is generous in her love and wouldn’t want to deceive him. The knight is heartbroken and Panza has to protect him from the crowd’s mockery.

Act Five
As the Don dies he promises Panza an “island of dreams” and, in the moon’s face, sees an image of Dulcinée.