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ON STAGE: BENVENUTO CELLINI

  • Starring: Michael Spyres, Corinne Winters, Pavlo Hunka, Nicholas Pallesen, Willard White
  • Director(s): Terry Gilliam, Andrew Morahan
  • Genre(s):Musical, Opera, Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: NR
  • Filmed at the English National Opera June 5, 2014
  • Running Time: 3 Hours and 10 min.

The Moxie: On Stage is a new series showcasing world class performances from stages across the globe.

Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students

This series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Singer (and Springfield native!) Michael Spyres will be on hand at noon before the Saturday 12:30p screening to discuss his experiences starring in this production.

Terry Gilliam’s inexhaustible imagination is unleashed on the autobiography of celebrated 16-century goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. It’s a tale of thwarted love, elopement, intrigue, disguise, and mistaken identity, featuring dazzling visual set pieces including a wild Mardi Gras carnival.

Two entwined plots - Cellini’s love for Teresa and his triumphant fulfilment of a commission to cast a bronze statue of Perseus - provide the framework for some of Berlioz’s most vibrant, swashbuckling and tender music, conducted by Edward Gardner. The stellar cast is led by rising tenor Michael Spyres in the title role, with the stunning soprano Corinne Winters as Cellini’s lover, Teresa. ENO favourite Willard White returns to the company to add Pope Clement VII to his already extensive list of roles.

"Charged with crazy energy and some brilliant, beautiful, original music."
- Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
"Sheer energy and generous humor of the show are hard to resist"
- Andrew Clements, The Guardian
"ENO audience members were offered a brilliant and entertaining spectacle with some brilliant and entertaining music attached to it, and they lapped it up."
- George Hall, Opera News
"[Gilliam] treats the narrative faithfully, the quirkiness coming instead from a touch of the surreal in the form of a quite brilliant multi-level set. "
- Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack
"Gilliam also served as the co-set designer, and the sets include a tricked-out Mardi Gras carnival befitting of one of Gilliam’s trippier cinematic visions."
- Timothy Tau, indiewire

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