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RealD and Royal Opera House to Film Madama Butterfly in 3DLive Performances to be Filmed in July for Release Exclusively in
RealD 3D-Equipped Theatres Worldwide
LOS ANGELES & LONDON, Apr 11, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
RealD Inc. (NYSE:RLD) and the Royal Opera House today announced that the
companies are collaborating on the filming of Madama Butterfly in
3D for release exclusively in RealD 3D-equipped theatres worldwide. A
follow-up to the companies' recent co-production of Carmen in 3D,
the first-ever opera filmed and distributed to theatres in 3D, Madama
Butterfly will be a co-production of RealD and the Royal Opera
House, filmed during live performances at Covent Garden in July and
released in RealD 3D-equipped theatres on a date to be announced in 2012.
"We are committed to leveraging the immersive power of our 3D technology
to give audiences a truly differentiated entertainment experience while
providing our theatre partners with exclusive added value content," said
Joseph Peixoto, President, Worldwide Cinema at RealD. "Madama
Butterfly will build on our successful production of Carmen in 3D
by giving 3D fans a unique perspective on the arts and expanding the 3D
cinema opportunity by introducing new audiences around the world to the
RealD 3D experience. Madama Butterfly in RealD 3D will allow
audiences to go beyond simply watching the performance and feel as if
they've literally stepped into Covent Garden and on stage alongside the
Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, added, "Madama
Butterfly is one of our audiences' favorite productions, so to be
able to share this with a global audience with the power of 3D in
cinemas is wonderful. It's an opera full of drama and stunning music.
I'm really pleased that we can build on the success of Carmen in 3D
with RealD and progress our partnership in creating unique experiences
for opera and cinema fans the world over."
The performance's stage direction is by Moshe Leiser and Patrice
Caurier, with cast including Patricia Racette in the titular role of
Cio-Cio-San, a role for which she is acclaimed worldwide, and James
Valenti, as a dashing Pinkerton. The esteemed Andris Nelsons will
conduct The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Reprising their roles
from Carmen in 3D, Phil Streather will produce and Julian Napier
will direct for film.
Puccini's Madama Butterfly is the story of a Japanese geisha's
unwavering love for an American naval officer whose thoughtless toying
with her devotion is the catalyst for this timeless tragic tale. Madama
Butterfly features music of rare and sensual beauty, but also of
heartrending power as the tragedy unfolds to its devastating conclusion.
The opera's ravishing score features such wonderfully lyrical passages
as Cio-Cio-San's first entrance, Pinkerton's seduction of her, the
famous Humming chorus, and of course Butterfly's 'un bel dě vedremo'.
About RealD Inc.
RealD Inc. is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD's
extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that
enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and
elsewhere. RealD licenses its RealD Cinema Systems to motion picture
exhibitors that show 3D motion pictures and alternative 3D content.
RealD also provides its RealD Display, active and passive eyewear, RealD
Format and gaming technologies to consumer electronics manufacturers and
content producers and distributors to enable the delivery and viewing of
3D content. RealD's cutting-edge 3D technologies have been used for
applications such as piloting the Mars Rover. For more information,
please visit our website at www.reald.com.
About the Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is home to The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Each year, almost 300
performances are given on the main stage and a further 250 on other
stages within the iconic Covent Garden building.
Each summer, three performances are relayed to outdoor screens across
the UK as part of the BP Summer Big Screens, and other performances of
both opera and ballet are screened in cinemas across the world. The
Royal Opera House also runs a comprehensive education and community
engagement programme reaching more than 80,000 people each year.
Cautionary note on forward-looking statements
This press release includes forward-looking information and statements,
including but not limited to: statements concerning the anticipated
filming and release of Madama Butterfly. These statements are
based on RealD's current expectations and beliefs, as well as a number
of assumptions concerning future events. Such forward-looking statements
are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and
other important factors, many of which are outside RealD's control that
could cause actual results to differ materially from the results
discussed in the forward-looking statements. RealD's annual and
quarterly reports include a more detailed discussion of the risks and
uncertainties that may cause that could cause actual results to differ
materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements.
RealD undertakes no obligation to update publicly the information
contained in this press release, or any forward-looking statements, to
reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date they
were made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
© 2011 RealD Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SOURCE: RealD Inc.
Rick Heineman, 310-339-9347
Royal Opera House
Elizabeth Bell, +44 20 7212 9717
Kelly Mullens, 310-477-4442