Culture lovers staying in luxury hotel rooms in London may soon be flocking to the Royal Albert Hall to catch Verdi’s Aida.
Following the huge success of its attempts at other classics, such as Madam Butterfly, Carmen, Tosca and La Boheme, the famed venue is returning with another all-time favourite from February 23rd to March 11th.
“This epic work explores the devastating consequences of a classic love triangle between Aida the Ethiopian slave girl, the King’s daughter, Amneris, and Captain of the Guard, Radames,” explained the Royal Albert Hall.
“Culminating with the final entombment as the opera draws to its tragic close, this intense drama gave Verdi the perfect opportunity to compose some of his most poignant arias and powerful music.”
This new staging will be directed by Stephen Medcalf, while the cast will be supported by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Greenwood.
The international cast will sing the opera in the original Italian but English subtitles will also be provided.
Guests staying in central London hotels can easily access the famous venue, which sits between Knightsbridge and South Kensington Underground stations.
Dating back to 1871, the grand Royal Albert Hall was built by Queen Victoria to fulfil the dream of her husband to see a public meeting place to celebrate art and science established.
Since its opening, it has been in continuous use and currently plays host to some of the city’s top events.
In addition to Verdi’s Aida, visitors to the venue can also catch the latest offering from Cirque do Soleil, Totem, which runs until February 16th.
Celebrating the natural world and evolution, the production has already gained press attention for its colourful costume designs and anticipated dance performances.
The Royal Albert Hall also offers tours of the Grade I listed building, including a Front of House tour, featuring the “stunning” auditorium, and a Backstage Tour, with views of the rarely seen dressing rooms.