2021 | 2022 Season
Opera Parallèle presents
La Belle et la Bête
by Philip Glass
Libretto by the Composer
based on the film by Jean Cocteau
A surreal new take on a
timeless tale, fusing opera
& film live on stage.
- July 14, 2022 – 8pm
- July 15, 2022 – 8pm
- July 16, 2022 – 8pm
- July 17, 2022 – 5pm
COVID HEALTH & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
All audience members, staff and artists ages 12 and up must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Prior to entering the Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ, you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination through a QR code generated by Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record Website, or an original physical vaccination card or photograph of it, along with a valid government issued photo ID (a Student ID for minors under the age of 18 is also acceptable). Seating in the Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ will be distanced, and masks are required for all attendees. Please be aware that singers and select instrumentalists will perform without masks.
A new presentation of the classic fairytale La Belle et la Bête blurs the boundaries of film and opera, fusing Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film with a powerful and arresting score by Philip Glass, thus honoring two of the great artistic minds of modern times. With this production Opera Parallèle will become the first company to present performances of all three operas Glass wrote in homage to Cocteau, having performed Orphée in 2011 and Les Enfants Terribles in 2017.
Once upon a time, in a world of magic and wonder, the true love of a beautiful girl finally dispelled the torment of a feral but gentle-hearted beast. Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. By transforming the characters of both the Beast and Belle from childlike figures to complex adult characters living in a surrealistic dream world, Cocteau transforms the tale into a surreal vision of death and desire while exploring themes that continue to resonate today—identity, compassion, and inner beauty. This timeless icon of cinematic wonder served as the inspiration for Philip Glass’ 1994 opera of the same name.
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'La Belle' - Soprano
'La Bête/Le Prince' - Baritone
'Félicie/Adelaïde' - Soprano
'Le Père/L'Usurier' - Baritone
Assistant Director & Choreographer
Composer & Film Maker
MANA Saxophone Quartet
Keyboard & Resident Pianist
Major support for Opera Parallèle has been provided by Donna Dubinsky & Len Shustek, Bob Ellis, Gordon P. Getty, Stephen & Diane Heiman, Paul L. King, Steven M. Menzies, and Denise Young.
Major institutional and corporate support has been provided by Adobe, JW & HM Goodman Family Foundation, Horizons Foundation, The Lemala Fund, Sam Mazza Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, City & County of San Francisco Grants for the Arts, and The Shenson Foundation.
The Bullhorn: Amplifying Unheard Voices received funding from a Civic Practice Grant from OPERA America’s Opera Fund.