Future Cinema, the team behind cult screen happenings Secret Cinema, have found the ideal venue for their screening tonight of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s 1981 thriller Diva – the London Coliseum in St Martin’s Lane, home of English National Opera.
It’s a perfect setting for Beineix’s stylish thriller, which moves back and forth between the glamorous world of opera and the sleazy underbelly of the Parisian underworld.
American soprano Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez stars as an opera diva who refuses to release records, so when young fan Jule (Frederic Andrei), a moped-riding Parisian courier, secretly tapes one of her live performances for his own pleasure, his recording becomes desperately sought by a pair of Hong Kong music pirates.
But Jule finds himself pursued by another bunch of thugs after his tape gets mixed up with another recording, slipped into his saddle-bag by a mortally wounded young prostitute, a tape that exposes the links between the Paris chief of police and a vice racket.
Find out what happens when Future Cinema brings Paris to St Martin’s Lane tonight with a live adaptation and screening of Beineix’s film.
Opera singer Elizabeth Llewellyn, dubbed 2010’s “best newcomer” by the Daily Telegraph following her debut as Mimi in ENO’s La Bohème, will recreate the magic of Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez’s character (Cynthia Hawkins) in the film – making this an unmissable event!
Diva screens at the London Coliseum on Monday 28th February at 6.30pm. For tickets & info go to: www.eno.org