First Night

First Night

First Night

British romantic comedy about Adam (the great Richard E. Grant, Withnail & I), a rich industrialist and frustrated opera singer who aspires to live in a more cultured world.

Spurred on by jibes that he’s little more than a suit living the capitalist’s dream, he decides to throw an opera - Mozart's Cosi fan tutti, no less -  at his lavish country retreat. Assembling a team of opera singers and musicians, including a bevy of beautiful young women, Adam hopes to display his cultural nous, his own singing voice and also win the hand of a female conductor (actress and soprano Sarah Brightman). 

2010116 minsUK
Music
Director:
Christopher Menaul (TV's 'Prime Suspect', 'The Passion of Ayn Rand', 'Secret Smile')
Writer:
Christopher MenaulJeremy Sams
Cast:
Richard E. GrantSarah BrightmanMía MaestroStanley TownsendJulian Ovenden

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First Night / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Likely to turn off moviegoers resistant to the upscale art form while failing to satisfy opera's true devotees.

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Total Film

Total Film

This slick British musical fails to be as charming as it thinks it is.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Richard E Grant's over-the-top performance as an opera-singing millionaire just about saves this silly romcom.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

As a sort of primer for people who think they don’t like opera First Night works quite well.

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