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Classic Verdi opera Aida comes to London

31st January 2012

Music lovers staying at boutique hotels in London may be interested to learn that a production of Verdi's operatic masterpiece Aida is coming to the London stage.

The brand new production from Raymond Gubbay will be staged at the Royal Albert Hall from Thursday February 23rd until March 11th.

Directed by Stephen Medcalf, winner of the Abbiati Italian Opera Critics Award and with costumes designed by Isabella Bywater, Aida will feature a stellar international cast and accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Conduction is by Andrew Greenwood - the artistic director of the Buxton Festival - whose recent theatrical credits include La Traviata and La Boheme, both in new production for Welsh National Opera, Albert Herring at the New National Theatre.

Aida is based on the tragic story of an Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, who becomes entangled in a love triangle with the daughter of the King, Amneris and Radames, captain of the guard.

Performed to the background of Verdi's scintillating score, highlights of the opera include Celeste Aida, the famed Triumphal Grand March and Aida's passionate solo Ritorna Vincitor.

The opera concludes with the final trio O Terra Adio, which is performed as the lovers Aida and Radames await their imminent deaths while in an underground tomb, while Amneris laments above ground. All performances are sung in Italian, with subtitles in English.

The opera is set against the breathtaking backdrop of ancient Egypt, with elaborate and sumptuous costumes. The production will be staged "in the round", which means that the audience will be seated surrounding the stage.

Aida is the latest production from Raymond Gubbay and the Royal Albert Hall, and follows the fifth revival of their production of Madame Butterfly, which earned both critical and commercial acclaim, having sold some 70,000 tickets.

Tickets to the production of Aida are priced between £21 and £75.

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