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article image'Madam Butterfly 3D' sailing on the QE2

By Tim O'Brien     Jun 15, 2012 in Travel
When many minds across the pond will be fixed on Wimbledon in July, others will be focused on something entirely different - an event in 3D. Not only that, this movie will be featured on a ship made for a queen. As in the Queen Mary 2.
An announcement was made to this effect. As part of its worldwide release schedule, Cunard Line is proud to announce the first shipboard screenings of the 3D feature film, “Madam Butterfly 3D,” in association with the Royal Opera House and RealD, the world’s most widely used digital 3D projection technology, proclaims Cunard.
This unusual event is said to have captured during live performances at London’s internationally renowned Royal Opera House of the popular play. “Madam Butterfly 3D” will be shown aboard Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2, beginning July 6. It is, so far, the only ship currently scheduled to present the film.
Here is how it happened. Cunard began its successful partnership with RealD in 2011 with the installation of RealD 3D projection technology. It enhanced the relationship later that year with screenings of the RealD and Royal Opera House co-production of “Carmen in 3D."
“The success of Cunard’s screenings of ‘Carmen in 3D’ over the last year has demonstrated the broad appeal of world-class opera productions on film to guests who may be regular opera-goers but who may equally not have had the time or opportunity to attend live performances,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “We’re sure ‘Madam Butterfly 3D’ will continue to play to full houses on board and add a new highlight to the wide-ranging programme of on board speakers, workshops and performances that set Cunard apart.”
A spokesperson for the ship explains more. "Combining the excitement of live staging with the immediacy of a feature film, “Madam Butterfly 3D” is a production designed to appeal to novices and opera buffs alike." The film opened earlier this year in the United Kingdom and is being released worldwide in almost 40 other countries through the fall of 2012.
“There are few British institutions more respected and admired in the world than the Royal Opera and Cunard,” says Joseph Peixoto, president of worldwide cinema at RealD. “To bring this world-class production to Queen Mary 2 ensures it will be seen on cruises throughout the world – just as it will be enjoyed in cinemas around the world this year. The 3D filmmakers of this beautiful and powerful film make you feel like you’re standing on the stage at Covent Garden.”
“Madam Butterfly 3D” takes audiences into the heart of this intimate production, immersing them in a tragic story of love, passion and betrayal. The story of a Japanese geisha’s love for an American naval officer moved Puccini to compose music of rare and sensual beauty, but also of heart-rending power, as Butterfly’s tragedy unfolds to its devastating conclusion. This work is one of opera’s most ravishing scores, featuring the famous Humming Chorus, Butterfly’s soaring aria “Un bel di vedremo” (“One fine day”), and such wonderfully lyrical passages as Cio-Cio San’s first entrance, Pinkerton’s seduction of her, and Cio-Cio-San’s passionate farewell to her son.
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