ENO opera to be broadcast in 3D

English National Opera’s forthcoming production of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia is to be broadcast live in 3D as part of a partnership with Sky.

Directed by Mike Figgis, who is best known as a film director and whose credits include Leaving Las Vegas, the opera will be broadcast live on February 23 on Sky Arts 2, Sky 3D and in a range of cinemas.

The new production of Lucrezia Borgia features a newly commissioned film by Figgis, which will run at interludes throughout the performance and which provides a parallel narrative about the early life of Lucrezia Borgia. The film is accompanied by a soundtrack produced from Donizetti’s original score.

ENO artistic director John Berry said the collaboration with Sky “reflects ENO’s ambition to create an exciting future for opera and reach out to a wider audience through innovative collaborations with the wider arts”.

Sky 3D channel director John Cassy said: “Having Mike Figgis at the helm, along with the esteemed company of ENO, will guarantee a dramatic, thrilling and unique operatic experience, which perfectly reflects the shared ambitions of Sky 3D and Sky Arts, to bring the best of the arts to new audiences in exciting and innovative ways.’

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