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HD opera film screenings to present four works of "Ring" cycle

     Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the opera screenings "The Ring in Hi-Vi" will be held in October and November. Co-organised by Hi Fi Review, the screenings will be hosted by editor Savio Lau and discussions with participating critics Lawrence Lock, Thomas Wong, Chui Yuen and Dennis Wu will be held at different screenings.

     The screenings will present the filmed version of a notable production in Bayreuth, Germany, of the four works of Wagner's "Ring" cycle. Host Savio Lau has chosen an acclaimed Bayreuth production from 1992, directed by Harry Kupfer and conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Advanced equipment will be brought in to provide good picture and sound quality. Before each screening, Lau will offer a brief introduction, and after each screening he will be joined by critics for discussions. The audience may join in the discussions, not only to ask questions but also to contribute their own comments on the performance.

     Details of the screenings are as follows:

October 5 (Saturday), 5pm
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
Screening: "Das Rheingold" (2 hours 30 minutes)
Critics: Lawrence Lock and Thomas Wong

October 6 (Sunday), 5pm
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
Screening: "Die Walküre" (4 hours)
Critics: Lawrence Lock and Thomas Wong

November 16 (Saturday), 5pm
Cultural Activities Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
Screening: "Siegfried" (4 hours)
Critics: Chui Yuen and Dennis Wu

November 17 (Sunday), 3pm
Cultural Activities Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
Screening: "Götterdämmerung" (5 hours)
Critics: Chui Yuen and Dennis Wu

     The screenings are in German with English subtitles, and discussions will be conducted in Cantonese. Tickets priced at $120 (for each screening) are now available at all URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by telephone credit card booking. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). For the package discount for "The Ring in Hi-Vi", please refer to the programme leaflet or the webpage for details.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries, call 2734 9009. For telephone credit card bookings, call 2111 5999. Internet bookings are available at . For more information, visit .

Ends/Friday, August 9, 2013
Issued at HKT 10:00


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