Fans of the opera will be familiar with the name Ellen Kent and her production of the fantastic performances staged by Opera and Ballet International. This autumn, a new, exciting and spectacular interpretation of one of her most lavish productions, Aida, will take to the stage at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre.
One of Verdi’s later operas, Aida was commissioned by the Khedive of Egypt and first performed on 24 December 1871 at the opening of the Khedival Opera House. The splendour of Egypt is set against the grandeur of the Coliseum in Rome with Ellen Kent’s direction influenced by the ancient Greek dramas of Euripides and symbolising the powerful religious hold of the priests of Egypt. This tragic story of war, jealousy and revenge at whose heart is the doomed love of the Ethiopian slave girl, Aida and the Egyptian hero, Radames, is brought to life in one of the greatest pieces of music Verdi wrote with the well-known arias “Celeste Aida” “Ritorna Vincito” and the great chorus piece “The Triumphal March”
Starring international French soprano, Olga Perrier as Aida and Liza Kadelnik, the celebrated mezzo from the Romanian National Orchestra as Amneris and featuring stunning sets by Set-Up Scenery this is sure to be an evening to delight any discerning opera lover.
Aida is at The Grand Theatre Blackpool on Thursday 10 November. For more information or to book tickets visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk
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