Film to Premiere at Santa Barbara International Film Festival Closing Night Gala
RealD Inc. (NYSE: RLD) announced today that the feature film, Carmen in 3D, will be released on March 5, 2011, playing exclusively in RealD 3D-equipped theatres at major cinema chains worldwide totalling more than 1,500 locations. A co-production by RealD and London’s internationally renowned Royal Opera House, Carmen in 3D will mark the first time that an opera has been filmed and shown in theatres in state-of-the-art digital 3D. Carmen in 3D will premiere on Sunday, February 6, 2011, as part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival closing night gala.
“Carmen in 3D will give audiences around the world the best seat in the house as they are transported to the illustrious Royal Opera House and fully immersed in this beloved tale of love, jealousy and betrayal,” said Joseph Peixoto, President of Worldwide Cinema at RealD. “This film will be exclusively available to our cinema partners around the world, bringing them added value and an opportunity to showcase the unique entertainment experience RealD 3D technology can bring to alternative content.”
“This is an opportunity to bring one of the world’s most popular operas, performed by one of the greatest opera companies in the world, to fans of opera, classical music and 3D movies everywhere,” said Tony Hall, Chief Executive, Royal Opera House. “Carmen in 3D comes alive in a way never previously experienced in the cinema – it really is as though you’re part of the action on stage. It’s a wonderful and unique experience.”
Georges Bizet’s Carmen has been captivating audiences since its debut in 1875. Filmed in 3D during two performances at the Royal Opera House, Carmen in 3D is a feature film depicting acclaimed director Francesca Zambello’s updated interpretation of the opera classic. Directed for cinema by Julian Napier and with memorable performances by Christine Rice (Carmen), Bryan Hymel (Don José), Aris Argiris (Escamillo), and conducted by Constantinos Carydis, Zambello’s hugely successful production of Carmen was a hit with London audiences and critics and promises to delight audiences around the world with its timeless music and encompassing 3D visuals.