New York Opera presents GOODBYE MR. CHIPS Opera Film New York Premiere
A new opera Gordon GettyGoodbye, Mr. Chips will have its New York premiere – as an opera reimagined for cinema – on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 7 p.m. The public screening, co-presented by New York City Opera (NYCO) and the Napa Valley Festival, will take place at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th Street, New York, NY 10023.
Getty’s fourth opera is based on the popular 1934 short story Goodbye, Mr. Chips and other stories by James Hilton. The film, directed by Brian Staufenbiel, had its world premiere on November 14, 2021 in California, presented by the Napa Valley Festival in partnership with the Mill Valley Film Festival. Goodbye Mr. Chips tells the touching story of a teacher at Brookfield, an English boarding school for boys to which “Chips” has devoted most of his adult life. The opera tells Chips’ story of love, loss and learning during his decades in office at Brookfield.
The film features Nathan Granner as the lead role of Mr. Chips, Marnie Breckenridge singing Kathie and Linford, Lester Lynch as Merrivale and Kevin Short as Ralston and Rivers. The Orchestra of Stellar Musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area is conducted by Nicole Payment. Members of the Young People’s Chorus of New York, led by Francisco J. Núñez, represent the students of the boarding school.
The opera’s premiere was originally planned as a fully staged live performance, but COVID-19 cancellations gave the production team the opportunity to try something new. Rather than putting the project on hold, the team reimagined the work as a movie. This New media allowed for seamless storytelling, with Chips moving fluidly between her later life and flashbacks to her early years at Brookfield.
Due to pandemic safety protocols, the main cast, orchestra, and chorus were all recorded separately. The cast was then filmed on a live set in San Francisco, while the boys were captured in screenings in New York, appearing vividly in the film as Chips remembers them.
Advance tickets available through New York City Opera: https://newyorkcityopera.yapsody.com/event/index/708511/goodbye-mr-chips; individual tickets for the screening are $25.