The Royal Albert Hall is hoping to continue its recent success at luring in opera newbies with a new production of Verdi’s masterpiece Aida in February next year.
The Raymond Gubbay production aims to emulate the huge audiences of the recent run of Madame Butterfly at the same venue, which saw the spectacular concert hall filled with water.
The tragic love story, set in Ancient Egypt, will be staged in the round, with Italian soprano Chiara Taigi sharing the titular role of the Ethopian princess/slave girl with British talents Claire Rutter and Catrin Aur.
Marc Heller, Joseph Wolverton and Jonathan Stoughton share the part of Radames – the Captain Guard who falls in love with Aida and has to fend off the unrequited affections of the King’s daughter Amneris.
Internationally renowned director Stephen Medcalf is at the helm, with Andrew Greenwood conducting the moving score with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Aida runs from February 23 to March 11, with matinee performances on Saturdays. Tickets range from £21.50 to £75 and can be booked through the Royal Albert Hall box office on 020 7838 3100 or at www.royalalberthall.com