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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rossini's Ghost at Vancity

In partnership with the Vancity Theatre, Vancouver Opera presents a series of films that explore themes and issues related to the season's operas.

Rossini’s Ghost
Saturday, March 3, 2012

Vancity Theatre, Vancouver International Film Centre
1181 Seymour Street (at Davie)
Doors: 2:00pm • Introduction and Screening: 2:30pm

Regular admission: $11/$9 senior or student (includes $2 Vancity Film Centre membership).

$6 for children under 17 (must be accompanied by an adult)

Rossini’s Ghost is a classical music film for all the family.

Directed by David Devine, the film opens in a kitchen in Italy in 1862 as little Reliana (Melissa Pirrera) helps her grandmother Rosalie (Frances Bay) make pasta sauce. As steam swirls magically through the kitchen, Rosalie tells the story of an opera composer they once both knew. Soon, Reliana finds herself transported through time back to a theatre in Rome nearly 50 years earlier.

She is invisible to everyone but the composer, Signor Rossini (Joseph DiMambro). It is 1816, the year The Barber of Seville had its disastrous premiere, and Reliana watches in alarm as one of the singers puts a curse on the production and everything begins to go wrong. Rossini's Ghost is the story of three women who learn that friendship, like opera or great pasta sauce requires nurturing, patience, and time.

This special screening will feature an introduction by Michael Grice, VO’s Director of Education, and includes a special guest appearance by Bugs Bunny in a bonus short, The Rabbit of Seville.

Michael Grice is a graduate of the School of Music, University of British Columbia, where he did a double major in trombone and voice. He was a Music Teacher with the Coquitlam School District for 34 years; since his retirement from the school system five years ago, he has been with Vancouver Opera as Director of Education. Away from the VO office, Michael is the Conductor of the 65-voice Adult Choir of the Coastal Sound Music Academy, centred in the Lower Mainland’s Tri-City area.

Seating is limited. This special event continues a series of co-presentations between Vancouver Opera and the Vancity Theatre.

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