Russian State Opera presents Aida and Madama Butterfly at Harrogate Royal Hall
Russian State Opera returns to Harrogate Royal Hall with two works – Aida on Thursday February 27 and Madama Butterfly with Friday February 28.
Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a live orchestra with more than 30 musicians
Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.
The new production of guarantees to delight you with sumptuous sets and splendid new costumes.
Verdi brings the ancient Egypt on stage with evolving love story at the backdrop of war.
The princess of Ethiopia, Aida, falls in love with the Egyptian General, Radames, and he is also besotted by her.
Radames is chosen to lead the war with Ethiopia by the king and Aida is left to choose between her lover or her father and her country.
Aida is a gripping love story that will keep you on the edge of your seats until the very end.
Aria such as ‘Se quel Guerrier io fossi!’ sung by Radames in the first act is one of the most famous arias of the operatic world.
The most powerful melody comes in the second part of the Opera in the form of Triumphal March to highlight victory and triumph.
Madama Butterfly is by Giacomo Puccini. It will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.
The tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music.
Set in Japan at the turn of the century, Madama Butterfly is among the most colourful and exotic of all operas, and from its theme of noble self-sacrifice spring melodies that grip your heart.
It tells the story of a doomed love affair between an American naval officer and his young Japanese bride, whose self-sacrifice and defiance of her family leads to heartbreak and tragedy.
Producer Alexej Ignatow, of Amande Concerts Ltd, who has co-ordinated the UK tour, said: “We are constantly on the lookout for new challenges, to ensure that our opera and ballet audiences get a chance to experience a wide spectrum of classic pieces.
“We are able to offer national audiences in various theatres an unforgettable experience at a fraction of the price of the major opera houses, without sacrificing quality.
“It is very close to my heart to continue working with theatres all over the UK to deliver top quality productions every year.”
Tickets: 01423 502116 or www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk