ST DAVID’S Hall will transform into ancient Egypt for one night only as Verdi Aida comes to the theatre on Wednesday, April 19.
Get ready to experience the Pharaohs coming back to life before your eyes as Opera and Ballet International presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, an acclaimed chorus and full orchestra.
This new interpretation of the classic opera stars the internationally renowned French soprano Alyona Kistenyova as Aida, and American mezzo-soprano Zara Vardanean as Amneris.
Aida features a new set created by Set-Up Scenery, who also build sets for the Royal Opera Covent Garden. Egypt is set against the Coliseum of Rome with Ellen Kent’s direction influenced by the ancient Greek dramas of Euripides and the powerful religious hold of the Egyptian priests.
This story of war, jealousy and revenge revolves around the doomed love of the Ethiopian slave girl Aida, and the Egyptian hero Radames.
Aida is widely regarded as the best score that Verdi ever wrote, and it features the Celeste Aida, Ritorna Vincitor and Triumphal March, which is accompanied by a temple dance.
Ellen said: “I have produced and directed many Aida’s over the years and it still remains the biggest challenge a producer can face.
"My vision of Aida, matches Verdi’s vision and I try and give Aida the grandeur which Verdi achieved in the first production in Egypt when he was commissioned to write an opera for the opening of the Suez Canal and premiered in Cairo1871.”
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Cast subject to change.
Please note all ticket prices are subject to an additional £3.95 Ticket Service Charge per transaction and an optional £1 postage fee.
To book your seats, please visit stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk or ring the box office on 029 2087 8444.