16 June 2015
A performance of the opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella) by Rossini will be screened in Howard Davis Park at 2.15pm on Sunday 28 June 2015 to mark the NatWest Island Games.
The screening will be a recording of a live performance that took place on the stage of Rennes Opera House on 5 June 2015 and will be free of charge to the public.
The idea for the event came about following talks between Jersey’s Culture Department and colleagues in IIle et Vilaine and Rennes Metropole. Thanks to the NatWest Island Games Committee, and with the support of Alain Surrans, Director of Rennes Opera, it will be screened on ’state of the art’ equipment already set up for the Island Games’ week-long entertainment programme in Howard Davis Park.
Phil Austin, Chairman of the Organising Committee, is delighted that the Park is being used for the screening of the Opera. He said “The NatWest Island Games is an event that will pull the whole community together, not just Jersey’s sportsmen and women and it is wonderful that we are able to provide the equipment for this exciting performance.”
Education, Sport and Culture Minister Deputy Rod Bryans welcomed the collaboration. He added: “The biennial live screening from the Rennes Opera House is a wonderful event, which takes opera to audiences of thousands in the Place de la Mairie in Rennes and elsewhere in Brittany and further afield. I’m delighted that it will be seen in Jersey during the Island Games.”
Cultural Development Officer, Rod McLoughlin, added "Cinderella is the ultimate rags to riches tale. Featuring a host of colourful characters, the production is a highly entertaining take on one of Rossini's most popular comedies. With music that's bright, breathless and full of energy, it's the story of Cinderella but perhaps not quite as many of us may know it."