Tuesday, February 8

It's almost here!  Tempo, and a host of other event partners, have worked tirelessly to bring you Spectacular!SPECTACULAR!, a dramatic preview event for Minnesota Opera's production of la Traviata.

The event will feature a screening of the film Moulin Rouge, a work of truly theatrical cinema inspired by the upcoming opera.

One of Tempo's favorite features is the magnificent party songs featured in both of these delightful, yet tragic productions.  For your viewing pleasure...

la Traviata - Brindisi

Premiered in Venice on March 6, 1853.  
The day after the opening performance Verdi wrote to a friend: "La Traviata last night a failure. My fault or the singers'? Time will tell."

Verdi's opera Il Trovatore, premiered in Rome during the same year, just a few months before la Traviata.

Moulin Rouge was based on la Traviata which was based on The Lady of the Camellias, a novel by Alexandre Dumas, written in 1848 and later adapted for the stage.

Moulin Rouge - Spectacular!SPECTACULAR!

Premiered May 9, 2001 at the Cannes film Festival

Refresh your memory with a review of the then new film:  http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20010601/REVIEWS/106010304/1023

Spectcular!SPECTACULAR! is Friday, February 18, at 8 p.m., at the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown.
Purchase tickets by calling Minnesota Opera: 612-333-6669 or visit mnopera.org/tempo


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