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 Villazón, 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.
Each 50-minute episode covers a super opera, unveiling its plot with an animation, its history and context in the feature OPERA INVESTIGATION, undertaken by the musicologist Rui Vieira Nery, reworking its most emblematic aria with new dramaturgical versions in SUPER ARIA, directed by the Portuguese film director João Vladimiro. Images from acclaimed Unitel’s opera productions showcase the most emblematic moments. Outstanding opera guests in OPERA CONFESSIONS share their experiences and vision on this amazing art form. The human voice and other operatic mysteries are disclosed by Catarina Molder in CONSULTING ROOM! Finally, OPERA MIX – where opera meets other musical genres such as pop, jazz, rock, electronic and fado, reinventing great operatic hits!
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!
Emotion to the limit
This show displays some of the more dramatic opera scenes ever!
Love, betrayal, jelousy and murder – emotion pushed to the limit, with excerpts of Tosca, Otello and Cavalleria Rusticana, highlighted with Mozart and Bizet.
The opera hit by Leoncavallo. Adultery, jealousy and muderer inside a clown company, set in Mouraria district, the birth place of fado, in Lisbon…
The most beloved opera all times. Contrasting the usual opera tragedy, this time good overcomes evil, with a delicious happy ending!
The great Puccinis masterpiece transposed from the early 20th Quartier Latin in Paris, to the 21st century Bairro alto in Lisbon!
Playing with major clichés of opera world, this “possible" mission evokes some of its strongest repertoire.
One step from faith to sin
Opera, cabaret and fado
Puccinis religious faith proceeds at vertiginous speed to “disgrace” with opera extracts from Alban Berg’s “Lulu” and Schnitke’s “Faust” Cantata, with the bold provoking sensuality of German kabarett, in songs from Kurt Weill, Schönberg and Hollaender and the sweet melancholy of fado.
From love to death
For soprano and string quartet, this show questions women condition, calling the supreme catharsis of singing love and death.
Ernest Chasson, Shostakowitch, Chagas Rosa, Soldado, Clã
An empty room, three chairs, an wardrobe full of traces...
Ghosts wake up their past living characters, their tragedies, their love and misfortune. Death is the guiding line to this opera delirium, where tragedy and comedy walk hand in hand, evocating great opera repertoire.
Opera’s dramaticism, intensity, beauty and madness for imeadiate contamination!
Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Offenbach, Rossini, Mozart.
Venues and Dates to be announced soon.