• James Parry

Opera and Beyond returns to Hudson on the giant screen at Hudson Village Theatre


Anna Netrebko plays the role of Lucia, in Lucia di Lammermoor, Opera and Beyond’s season opener on Sunday, October 18.

Some of the world’s greatest operas, performed by internationally-renowned companies, are coming to Hudson starting this coming Sunday, October 18, at 2 p.m. with high definition videos being shown on a giant screen at Hudson Village Theatre. Courtesy of the Hudson Film Society’s Opera and Beyond Series that began in 2009 to immediate thunderous applause.

Says David Langlois, who presents a short synopsis of each opera before it begins and who selected this season’s line-up of six spectacular performances, “Since then, we have presented 27 performances of some of the world’s greatest operas, with excellent casts, and in a venue that is outstanding.

This season’s screenings comprise:

October 18 Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti. Written in 1835, it is the composer’s most famous

tragic opera, notable for Lucia's mad scene.

November 15 Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail written by Mozart in 1782. This is often thought of as the first of Mozart's comic masterpieces, and is performed frequently today.

January 16 2016, La forza del destino, written by Verdi in1862. This tragedy was commissioned by the Imperial Theatre, Saint Petersburg, and Verdi may have been influenced by the Russian tradition in the writing of his work.

February 14 a double bill for Valentine’s Day. Pagliacci by Leoncavallo and Mascagni's Cavalleria


April 17 The final work for this season is Britten’s Peter Grimes. Written in 1951, Grimes is a victim of both cruel fate and society. It shows the struggle of the individual against the masses and raises the question: the more vicious the society, the more vicious the individual? Jon Vickers as Peter Grimes is truly a joy to watch and listen to as he descends into a maelstrom of despair.

Asked whether there was a common thread running throughout the series, Langlois, an accomplished opera singer himself who has performed lead roles in works by Mozart, Verdi, Bizet and Beethoven, didn’t miss a beat.

“I would say that excellent singing and fine acting is always a factor for the presentations I have chosen, he told Your Local Journal in an exclusive interview this week. “I wanted to give a good representation of works from several centuries showing how the vocal line has developed over the years, and in this I think the series has worked.”

Was he surprised that there would be so much interest in opera at HVT to date? “Surprised? No. Pleased, yes,” he replied. Indeed, I am always impressed with the support that the arts are given in Hudson and in the Montreal area.”

Added HFS President, Clint Ward, “We are tremendously excited about the content of our new season and all the screenings will be examples of the very best programs available to us. Ones that truly demonstrate the power of musical theatre from the great stages of the world.”

All screenings are at 2 p.m. and for more info on Opera and Beyond, as well as individual ticket and series prices, call Trish Kelly at (450) 202-0773 or go to the website at hudsonfilmsociety.ca.