About the Film:
On Thursday, May 24, we're inviting the community to come celebrate The Little's past, and invest in its future! The Little's historic theater 1 will be under restoration May 29 to October 1, 2018, but before the renovation, we're gathering our members, friends, and neighbors for a night of pure Little joy.
What is Diva Festiva: The fundraising evening includes a rare 35mm screening of 1982's DIVA. The classic film has a special bond with The Little -- it was one of the longest running films in the theater's history (July 1982 to April 1983). Despite this epic run, screenings of DIVA are rare today, and that's why we're thrilled to begin theater 1's historic restoration with this intelligent, brilliant, and memorable movie.
Diva plot: Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller. Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix.
Opera at The Little: A film as musically wonderful as DIVA calls for live tunes. Soprano Kearstin Piper Brown will perform multiple arias before the film. Brown just made her San Francisco Opera debut covering the role of Dame Shirley in the world premiere of John Adams’s Girls of the Golden West. Recently, she performed with Rochester Oratorio Society in the Vaughan-Williams Dona Nobis Pacem and Emancipation Oratorio. She also toured Israel as Bess in Gershwin’s masterpiece, Porgy and Bess.
She was a young artist at the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Italy, the Opera Colorado and the Utah Festival Opera, as well as an Artist-in-Residence with Dayton Opera, Opera Memphis, and Cincinnati Opera. She has been a prize-winner in several international competitions, including the Montserrat Caballé International Competition, the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, the Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition, and the Licia Albanese-Pucinni Foundation International Vocal Competition.
Schedule: Doors will open at 6 p.m., followed by multiple musical performances leading up to the film (which will start around 7:30 p.m.).
Tickets: $30. Your ticket gets you the movie, the music, two drink coupons, free hors d'oeuvres, and Little Popcorn!