TV Series | 13 Episodes |13 Great Operas | 13 Great Guests |13 Great Opera Productions and much more exciting Opera Experiences!
Catarina Molder and Super Diva are coming soon, bringing opera to everyone, even to those who might think of hating it!! After the success of its preceding Portuguese seasons, this innovative format, now in English, promises to take the audience on an “adrenaline fuelled” journey into the overwhelming world of opera – just “open your heart and ears and let the emotion in!”
Written, presented and directed by the Portuguese soprano Catarina Molder and produced by Opera do Castelo Produções, in association with RTP and in co-production with Unitel, Super Diva features great super operas as well as worldwide acclaimed opera guests, including Antonio Pappano, Rolando Villázon, Magdalena Kožená, Gaëlle Arquez, Kristīne Opolais, Sonya Yoncheva, Luca Pisaroni, Fiorenza Cossotto, René Pape, Kasper Holten or Calixto Bieito, who share their vision of the opera world of today, without taboos or prejudices. In addition to this, Super Diva presents an absolute world premiere: TWITTER OPERA, opera of today – short film opera with contemporary plots, thematically related to the operas episode, especially commissioned for this season, reflecting upon present-day life.
Super Diva wants to continue democratising this genre, taking the excitement of opera to a large audience, in a dynamic and striking format.
Super Diva brings this total art form to television, and does so being sure of one thing: opera will continue to win over new devotees!
SUPER DIVA – Opera for Everyone
TV series – 13 episodes of 50 minutes each
Written, Directed and Presented by Catarina Molder
Production: Ópera do Castelo Produções
Country of Production: Portugal, 2018
Associated Broadcaster: RTP
Co-producer and Distributor: Unitel
Venues and Dates to be announced soon.
From love to death
If there is a beautiful way to die, it is to die of love. An experience that music – particularly opera – has always explored, elaborating it and lending it cathartic form. Catarina Molder brings us Cinco Formas de Morrer de Amor [Five Ways to Die of Love], a musical and scenic show that ranges from the sultry post-Romanticism of Ernest Chausson (whose Chanson Perpétuelle is haunted by the shadow of Ophelia) to Clã’s pop atmospheres, as well as António Chagas Rosa’s tribute to Iseult’s tragic love and the baleful Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, an opera by Shostakovich that brings to the stage the delirium of a woman who kills – and kills herself – for love. The show will also include the world premiere of A Virgem Louca (The foolish virgin), a piece by Luís Soldado, inspired by the frenzy of Rimbaud, the most beautiful among damned poets. Featuring a string quartet and stage direction by Lígia Roque, Cinco Formas de Morrer de Amor traces the delicate and dreadful cadences of that song of love and death.
A show by Catarina Molder
Chanson Perpétuelle, op. 37
ANTÓNIO CHAGAS ROSA
Serei só eu (Isoldes Song of death)
Lady Macbeth von Mzensk (excerpts and aria)
A virgem Louca (The foolish virgin)
1. A virgem louca. (The foolish virgin)
2. 2. Esposo infernal. (Infernal spouse)
3. Condenação (Condemnation)
4. Aberração (Aberrance)
Interlude (from Lady Macbeth von Mzensk)
Hélder Gonçalves/Carlos Tê (CLÃ)
Competência para amar (Love competence)
Stage direction: Lígia Roque
Light design: Alexandre Lyra Leite
Wardrobe: Catarina Molder
Catarina Molder, soprano
Afonso Fesh, violin
Sara Silva, violin
Trevor McTait, viola
Vanessa Pires, celo
Production: Ópera do Castelo
Creation 30th de Setembro e 1st de Outubro de 2016, National Theatre Oporto