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Carmen in 3D hits 1,500 movie theater screens tomorrow


After setting records by screeneing for 240,000 movie theater attendees of its HD broadcast, we suppose the only natural evolution for Carmen was to go 3D. Filmed live at the Royal Opera House, Carmen in 3D will be shown at over 1,500 RealD equipped movie theaters around the world tomorrow. It's the first time an opera has been screened in 3D, which, like HD before it, is supposed to let audience members feel even more like they're actually in the auditorium with the actors. Hit the read link to find out if it's showing near you, though we're not sure how those little opera glasses will work in combination with the usual 3D specs.

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CARMEN IN 3D is the widest alternative content feature release to date with more than 1,500 locations worldwide – leading the trend of cultural events to be released on the big screen in 3D this year including LORD OF THE DANCE and CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

LOS ANGELES (March 2, 2011) – CARMEN IN 3D, a co-production of RealD Inc. (NYSE: RLD) and the internationally renowned Royal Opera House, opens worldwide on Saturday, March 5 exclusively in RealD 3D-equipped theatres at major cinema chains worldwide. The first-ever live opera shot and released in 3D, CARMEN IN 3D will play in more than 1,500 theaters worldwide, making it the widest release of a theatrical entertainment event. Check local theatre listings for dates and show times or visit for more information.

CARMEN IN 3D first premiered on February 6 as part of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival closing night gala. The feature film marks a new era for opera – the first time an opera has been filmed and distributed to cinemas worldwide in state-of-the-art digital 3D. This immersive entertainment experience will transport audiences to the illustrious Royal Opera House and into the thick of the expansive production of the timeless tale of love, jealousy and betrayal.

Georges Bizet's Carmen has been captivating audiences since its debut in 1875. Filmed in 3D during live performances at the Royal Opera House, CARMEN IN 3D is a feature film event depicting acclaimed director Francesca Zambello's interpretation of the opera classic. Directed for cinema by Julian Napier and produced by Phil Streather, with memorable performances by Christine Rice (Carmen), Bryan Hymel (Don Joseì), Aris Argiris (Escamillo), and conducted by Constantinos Carydis, Zambello's hugely successful production of Carmen was a hit with London audiences and critics and promises to delight audiences around the world with its timeless music and encompassing 3D visuals.

About RealD Inc.

RealD Inc. is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD's extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. RealD licenses its RealD Cinema Systems to motion picture exhibitors that show 3D motion pictures and alternative 3D content. RealD also provides its RealD Display, active and passive eyewear, RealD Format and gaming technologies to consumer electronics manufacturers and content producers and distributors to enable the delivery and viewing of 3D content. RealD's cutting-edge 3D technologies have been used for applications such as piloting the Mars Rover. For more information, please visit our website at

About the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is home to The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Each year, almost 300 performances are given on the main stage and a further 250 on other stages within the iconic Covent Garden building.

Each summer, three performances are relayed to outdoor screens across the UK as part of the BP Summer Big Screens, and other performances of both opera and ballet are screened in cinemas across the world. The Royal Opera House also runs a comprehensive education and community engagement programme reaching more than 140,000 people each year.

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