Bond Theme in the Opera

Bond Theme in the Opera

Opera
The new SND building, Opera and Ballet hall
31. 8. 2019 19:00 h - 20:40 h

Schedule of performances

Friday 30. 8. 2019
19:00 h 20:40 h
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Saturday 31. 8. 2019
19:00 h 20:40 h
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Film music is an integral part of the art of music. A number of the finest composers have made their musical contribution to film – Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Korngold, Bernstein, Britten, Williams, just to name a few. Opera house of the Slovak National Theatre presented in concert the works by John Williams. Director of SND Opera, Rastislav Štúr follows on the tradition to offer our spectators a Summer gift – concert featuring film music by the Academy laureate John Barry. The event, conducted by SND Opera conductor Martin Leginus, brings on stage Slovak vocalists Celeste Buckingham and Martin Madej.

Barry received five Oscars for his music to the films Born Free, The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, and for the title song Born free from the eponymous film. Yet it was his music to the eleven Bond films that earned him the greatest glory. Those compositions are the prime focus of our concert.

In The Living Daylights (1987), James Bond finds his way to Bratislava. In those days British film makers didn’t receive a permission to film in our city; hence, all scenes that were to be set in Bratislava were shot in Vienna. Today, however, 007 arrives in the authentic Bratislava in film music and title songs to the James Bond films.

The concert features fifteen legendary songs which we know as performed by such giants as Louis Armstrong, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Nancy Sinatra, Adele, Sam Smith, or Shirley Bassey.

The songs Writing´s On The Wall and Skyfall received Academy Award. The touching single We Have all the Time in the World is the last one Louis Armstrong recorded before passing. John Barry himself considered it the very best he had ever composed. Curiously, Golden Eye, performed by Tina Turner, was composed by Bono and The Edge from U2. Tom Jones continues to sing the mega hit Thunderball in the original key until today, what makes it an incredible 54 years!

All these, plus other popular songs from the Bond theme are on stage on 30 and 31 August 2019 in SND new building. The concert, as instrumented by Adrián Havran and conducted by Martin Leginus, features Celeste Buckingham, Martin Madej, SND Opera Orchestra and guest performers.

FEATURING:
Celeste BUCKINGHAM
Martin MADEJ

Also featuring SND Opera Orchestra

 

PROGRAMME

1.    “Opening titles: James Bond is Back/From Russia with Love/James Bond Theme
        
John Barry, Lionel Bart, Monty Norman
        From Russia with Love (1963)

2.     “From Russia with Loveˮ
         Lionel Bart
         From Russia with Love (1963)
         Martin Madej

3.     “Goldfingerˮ
         John Barry, Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse
         Goldfinger (1964)
         Celeste Buckingham

4.     “Thunderballˮ
         John Barry, Don Black
         Thunderball (1965)
         Martin Madej

5.     “Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bangˮ
         John Barry, Leslie Bricusse
         Thunderball (1965)
          Celeste Buckingham

6.      “You Only Live Twiceˮ
          John Barry, Leslie Bricusse
          You Only Live Twice (1967)
           Celeste Buckingham

7.      “Main Theme – On Her Majesty’s Secret Serviceˮ
         John Barry
         On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

8.     “We Have All The Time In The Worldˮ
         John Barry, Hal David
         On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
         Martin Madej

9.     “Diamonds Are Foreverˮ
         John Barry, Don Black
         Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
          Celeste Buckingham

10.    “Live And Let Dieˮ
          Paul McCartney
          Live And Let Die (1973)
          Martin Madej

11.    “007ˮ
          John Barry
           From Russia with Love (1963)

12.     “Nobody Does It Betterˮ
           Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Sager
           The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
            Celeste Buckingham

13.     “Moonrakerˮ
           John Barry, Hal David
           Moonraker (1979)
           Celeste Buckingham

14.     “All Time Highˮ
           John Barry, Tim Rice
           Octopussy (1983)
           
Celeste Buckingham

15.    “GoldenEyeˮ
          Paul Hewson, David Evans
          Golden Eye (1995)
          Celeste Buckingham

16.     “Surrenderˮ
          David Arnold, David McAlmont, Don Black
          Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
           Celeste Buckingham

17.     “Skyfallˮ
          Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth
          Skyfall (2012)
          Celeste Buckingham

18.     “Writing’s on the Wallˮ
           Sam Smith, James Napier
           Spectre (2015)
           Martin Madej

19.     “The James Bond Themeˮ
           John Barry/Monty Norman
           Dr. No (1962), Casino Royale (2006)

Production Team

Instrumentation Adrián Harvan
Conductor Martin Leginus
Dramaturg Martin Leginus
Directed by Pavol Smolík