Opera House Cinema Series to Screen “Pavarotti”

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FREDONIA – The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the Ron Howard-directed documentary, “Pavarotti.” It will be screened on Sat., Aug. 10, and Tues., Aug. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring never-before-seen footage, concert performances and intimate interviews, Howard puts audiences front row center for an exploration of “The Voice…The Man…The Legend. Luciano Pavarotti,” as he examines the life and career of the famed opera icon who brought opera to the people.

Adam Graham, in the Detroit News, calls the film “a simple picture of a complicated man, (that) hits the high notes: the performances, the cheers, the adulation. Consider it a greatest hits.” Kenneth Turan, in the Los Angeles Times, calls it “a warm, emotional and completely involving film about the celebrated tenor.” Todd Gilchrist, in TheWrap, calls it “a celebration of the individual behind that façade and a reminder that it’s as much his humanity as his talent that made him a star.” Todd McCarthy, in the Hollywood Reporter, says “this was not a man wanting for friends; and his likability floods the film. Twelve years since his death he’s bound to make even more new fans thanks to Howard’s valentine.” Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and a war related image, “Pavarotti” runs one hour, 54 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at http://www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891.

The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.fredopera.org.