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RECENT EVENTS - Aida

Thursday 23 February - Sunday 11 March 2012

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No opera matches the grandeur and spectacle of Verdi's Aida.

Following the huge public and critical acclaim of Madam Butterfly, Carmen, Tosca and La Bohème, Raymond Gubbay and the Royal Albert Hall are thrilled to announce a brand new production of Verdi's awe inspiring masterpiece, Aida.

For this entirely new staging, distinguished director Stephen Medcalf, with set and costumes designed by the renowned Isabella Bywater, will recreate a world of eternal love within the ruins of Ancient Egypt. Staged in-the-round, the action will unfold in the very heart of the Royal Albert Hall.

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. 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.

Celeste Aida, the great tenor aria for Radames, Aida's passionate solo Ritorna Vincitor and the beautiful final trio, O Terra Adio with the lovers trapped underground whilst Amneris laments above, are just some of the great highlights that also include the famous Triumphal Grand March.

An international cast will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Greenwood and the opera will be sung in Italian with English surtitles. For full casting information, please view the Cast tab above.

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'A visual spectacle' Sunday Times

* * * * 'It’s a super show, and if you want to discover what grand opera is all about, give it a go. It’s on until 11th March' The Mail on Sunday

* * * * 'Greenwood's authoritative interpretation consistently hits the spot' The Guardian

Aida
Indra Thomas (23 Feb, 25 Feb 2.30pm, 28 Feb, 1 March, 3 March 2.30pm, 6 March, 8 March, 10 March 2.30pm)
Claire Rutter (24 Feb, 25 Feb 7.30pm, 29 Feb, 2 March, 3 March 7.30pm, 7 March, 9 March, 10 March 7.30pm)
Catrin Aur (26 Feb, 4 March 2.30pm, 11 March)

Radames
Marc Heller (23 Feb, 25 Feb 2.30pm, 28 Feb, 1 March, 3 March 2.30pm, 6 March, 8 March, 10 March 2.30pm)
Joseph Wolverton (24 Feb, 25 Feb 7.30pm, 29 Feb, 2 March, 3 March 7.30pm, 7 March, 9 March, 10 March 7.30pm)
Jonathan Stoughton (26 Feb, 4 March 2.30pm, 11 March)

Amneris
Tiziana Carraro (23 Feb, 25 Feb 2.30pm, 28 Feb, 1 March, 3 March 2.30pm, 6 March, 8 March, 10 March 2.30pm)
Liuba Sokolova (24 Feb, 25 Feb 7.30pm, 29 Feb, 2 March, 3 March 7.30pm, 7 March, 9 March, 10 March 7.30pm)
Antonia Sotgiu (26 Feb, 4 March 2.30pm, 11 March)

Amonasro
David Kempster (23 Feb, 25 Feb 2.30pm, 28 Feb, 1 March, 3 March 2.30pm, 6 March, 8 March, 10 March 2.30pm)
Ashley Holland (24 Feb, 25 Feb 7.30pm, 29 Feb, 2 March, 3 March 7.30pm, 7 March, 9 March, 10 March 7.30pm)
Robert Poulton (26 Feb, 4 March 2.30pm, 11 March)

Ramfis
Stanislav Shvets (23, 24, 25, 28, 29 Feb, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 March)
Robert Winslade Anderson (26 Feb, 4 March 2.30pm, 11 March)

The King
Daniel L Williams (23 Feb, 25 Feb 2.30pm, 28 Feb, 1 March, 3 March 2.30pm, 6 March, 8 March, 10 March 2.30pm)
Andrew Greenan (24 Feb, 25 Feb 7.30pm, 29 Feb, 2 March, 3 March 7.30pm, 7 March, 9 March, 10 March 7.30pm)

High Priestess
Catrin Aur (23, 24, 25, 28, 29 Feb, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 March)
Kirstin Sharpin (26 Feb, 4 March 2.30pm, 11 March)

Messenger
Jonathan Stoughton (23, 24, 25, 28, 29 Feb, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 March)
Leonel Pinheiro (26 Feb, 4 March 2.30pm, 11 March)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Greenwood
 conductor

All casting may be subject to alteration.

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