Rising Alternative

Rising Alternative

In 2003, Rising Alternative’s founder, Giovanni Cozzi, organized one of the first presentations of High Definition Alternative content programs for the big screen: the LIVE transmission of a total Solar Eclipse, as seen from HD cameras in Antarctica. It was projected digitally on big screens across the United States to amazed astronomy enthusiasts, who actually clapped their hands at the moon covering the sun. The big screen was no longer just about films. It was also now about special events, also called “alternative content”, which brought additional audiences – and consequently new business – to the cinema. Shortly thereafter, the presentations of Opera and Ballet in High Definition began, and quickly became the most successful form of these special events. Today, Rising Alternative presents stunning Operas from the most romantic cities in Europe such as Paris, Barcelona, and Milan – all in high definition.

I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona)

The opera premiered the 3rd of November 1830 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. The first performance at the Liceu took place on the 6th of August 1854.

The eternal classic love story of Romeo and Juliette, between Romeo, the Montecchi’s leader, and Juliet, the Daughter of the Capuleti, two rival factions in the Verona of the XIII century. In a world full of intrigues, fights and rivalries, Juliet fakes her death in order to escape with her...
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Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Opéra national de Paris)

By the time he came to tackle the composition of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Offenbach’s opus already included more than a hundred operas. Left unfinished when he died during rehearsals in October 1880, his last work combines fantasy, gravity and humour in an unexpectedly innovative synthesis of opera buffa, romantic opera and grand opera. This adaptation of three tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann, with a sprinkling of Goethe’s Faust, portrays the German poet as both narrator and hero recounting his love affairs...
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I due Foscari (Teatro alla Scala, Milan)

Praised by The Financial Times as “the definitive Francesco”, Plácido Domingo portrays a father anguished by a political responsibility to exile his only surviving son. This production from the legendary Teatro alla Scala (Milan) is conducted by one of the finest Italian conductors in opera today, Michele Mariotti....
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Macbeth (Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona)

General of the victorious Scottish armies, Macbeth hears a prophecy from three witches that predict he will be the next King of Scotland. Believing this premonition, his wife encourages him to kill the King. His divine right drives Macbeth to be bloodthirsty with friends and opponents alike but alone and racked with guilt, he faces his last battle and death. Giuseppe Verdi felt inspired by Shakespeare’s work and his devotion led to the first opera based on one of the...
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris)

Numerous choreographers have delved into Shakespeare to find dramatic material for their ballets, beginning with Jean-Georges Noverre, an ardent defender of the “action ballet” and Marius Petipa, who was the first to use Mendelssohn’s stage music. George Balanchine, who also loved the score, would prove no exception. In 1962 he created his version of Shakespeare’s comedy for New York City Ballet. Faithful to the Bard’s vocabulary whilst adding a subtle touch of pantomime, he portrays a complex love story in...
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Così fan Tutte (Opéra national de Paris)

Prompted by Don Alfonso, a cynical old philosopher, two young idealists decide to put their lovers’ fidelity to the test. But love will teach them a bitter lesson: those who believe themselves phoenixes and goddesses will discover the desires of the flesh... In 1790, one year after the French Revolution, in what would be their final collaboration, Mozart and Da Ponte conduct a scientific investigation of love. The music of Così fan tutte is truly extraordinary
– complex in...
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