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Ancient Egypt comes to life when opera Aida visits Dartford

PUBLISHED: 12:28 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:28 17 November 2016

Aida

Aida

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The opera tells the story of an Ethiopian slave girl, and an Egytptian hero

Aida, one of Ellen Kent’s operas, returns in Autumn 2016 to Dartford with a traditional production.

In Aida, the splendour of Egypt is set against the grandeur of the Coliseum of Rome with Ellen Kent’s direction influenced by the ancient Greek dramas of Euripides and symbolising the religious hold of the priests of Egypt.

This story of war, jealousy and revenge at whose heart is the love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, and the Egyptian hero, Radames, is brought to life in a production set against one of the greatest pieces of music Verdi ever wrote with the well-known arias Celeste Aida, Ritorna Vincitor, and the classic Triumphal March.

Ms Kent said: “I have produced and directed many Aida’s over the years and it still remains the biggest challenge a producer can face. I want all my public to enjoy the grandeur of this magnificent opera, in my opinion the best score Verdi ever wrote – not an easy task.”

The tour, which includes operas Nabucco and La Boheme, features celebrated international soloists sopranos Olga Perrier, Ecaterina Danu and the return of Liza Kadelnik as Amneris, the international mezzo from the Romanian National Opera, the Spanish tenor Giorgio Meladze and Vitalii Liskovetskiy from the Ukrainian National Opera, Kiev.

Aida is coming to The Orchart Theatre on November 27.

For tickets visit orchardtheatre.co.uk

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