XDC to Present Opera on Ice

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Mon, 05/14/2012 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

XDC Entertainment has announced the Europe-wide release in June of classical ice dancing extravaganza Opera On Ice in cinemas in HD. Through their continued association with Nexo Digital XDC have acquired rights to release the event available on DCP in Poland Spain Portugal Finland Denmark Sweden UK and Ireland. Filmed on location in Italy Verona’s world famous Roman amphitheatre dates back to AD30.  This beautiful and extraordinary venue has been transformed into an ice rink allowing some of the world’s best loved opera to be interpreted by the top names in ice-dancing including the world No. 1 and Ambassador to Opera on Ice Italy’s Carolina Kostner as well as Stephane Lambiel the Swiss champion and multiple medal winner at European championships and Olympics since 2005. Other performers include China’s ice dance partners Qing Pang and Jian Tong top Russian athletes Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinn Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Shoenfelder of France Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy Canadian Emanuel Sandhu and Italian synchronized skating team Hot Shivers. The Coro e Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona is conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo who is taking a break from conducting the St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Theatre. In Opera on Ice he leads the orchestra in an ensemble including Puccini’s Nessun Dorma as well as the most familiar arias from Carmen La Traviata Tosca Rigoletto and Romeo & Juliet. Josee Dubois international sales director at Nexo Digital said “Seeing the world’s best ice dancers perform in such a venue to this extraordinary live orchestra is an event like none other and at Nexo Digital we are very proud to be bringing this to audiences for the first time in cinemas.” XDC Entertainment’s vice president Fabrice Testa said “At XDC Entertainment we saw that the combination of opera and ice dancing together on the screen in High Definition and 5.1 surround sound is truly magical and are delighted to be bringing it to audiences – this is truly a momentous event.” Frank Smith XDC Entertainment sales manager added “Cinemas have been clamouring for this kind of content and it’s terrific to see such an appetite for world class entertainment like this. There is something for everyone here and XDC Entertainment will do audiences proud all over Europe.” Opera on Ice is showing in cinemas in Europe from June 7 onwards.