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Opera House feature focuses on Pompeii

Preview of the "Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum " exhibition at the British Museum from the 28th March to the 29th September 2013

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present Pompeii: Sin City, a special cinematic examination of the ancient lost city and its inhabitants, on Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series.

Pompeii: Sin City explores Pompeii, a city cloaked in mystery and depicted through images and words by the great artists and writers who experienced and imagined it over the course of history: from Pliny the Younger to Picasso, from Emily Dickinson to Jean Cocteau.

Famously known for the catastrophic volcanic eruption which buried the city along with its inhabitants over 2000 years ago, Pompeii: Sin City offers audiences an extraordinary snapshot of Roman life, frozen at the moment of burial, showing how its citizens lived their lives, spent their free time, experienced pleasure, passion, religion and ultimately, their fate.

Exploring the city ruins, one of the richest and most mysterious archaeological sites in the world, filmmakers analyze the most secret aspects of the city. The production is hosted by Isabella Rosellini, and runs approximately one hour, 30 minutes.

Individual tickets to Pompeii: Sin City are $15, ($10 students). Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.

For this production, the Opera House is equipped with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center with a mission to “present the performing arts for the benefit of our community and region … providing access to artistic diversity … and high quality programming at an affordable price.” It is located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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