La Traviata at Shelter Sunday and other events

By John Wharton

In preparation for next season’s Opera de San Miguel production, Shelter Theater is proud to host a showing of Placido Domingo’s stunning performance in ‘La Traviata’, Verdi’s operatic tale of love and loss this Sunday, July 20 at 5 pm. Written in 1853, the opera is the story of the star-crossed love affair between a courtesan and young noble.

Televised opera
La Traviata
Sun, Jul 20, 5pm
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4

The 1982 production starring Domingo and Teresa Stratas was directed by the Italian master filmmaker, Franco Zeffirelli, and is considered one of the finest, most lush productions ever of this world-renown theatrical masterpiece, performed by the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The New York Times’ Vincent Canbey called Zeffirelli’s ‘La Traviata’ “a triumph” and “dazzling.”

Providing context and background on the opera will be Kate Rowland, accomplished and much-admired opera singer, historian and local performer.

Shelter’s ‘Documentary Tuesday’ continues July 22 at 5 pm with “The Tax-Free Tour”, a scathing indictment of multi-national corporations and their efforts to avoid taxation with shadowy tax havens. It recounts in great detail the sometimes-questionable winding roads such companies take as they endeavor to shield profits. 40 pesos.

Wednesday, July 23 at 4, Shelter continues with its free-talks series as yoga instructor Elizabeth Rendon speaks on ‘Laughter Yoga’. Created in India in 1995 by a family physician, Madan Kataria, this fun form of yoga combines the well-known health benefits of conventional yoga with the good-feelings that come from simple laughter. Join us to learn more about bringing joy to your heart and your body! Presentation will be in Spanish and English. Free.

“Happy Jueves” returns Thursday, July 24 with another bicultural film at 7 pm, this time “The Amazing Catfish” or “Los Insolitos Peces Gato” from Mexico. This heartwarming story of a young woman’s bonding with an elderly matriarch was rated a perfect 100% by the film review service ‘Rotten Tomatoes’. Doors open at 6 pm when a discussion of Mexican-American interests and issues will be held in the café.

Don’t forget Open Mic, every Tuesday at 8 pm at Shelter. Our town is full of fabulous talent which often can be found performing their latest work on our stage. Support local talent; support Open Mic in San Miguel!

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