About the Show/Event
Information for Aida at The King's Head Theatre, Inner London (Opera or Operetta). The essence of Grand Opera first performed in Cairo in 1871. Set in Egypt at the time of the pharoes. A captain of guard (Radames) is in love with Aida, an Ethiopian slave girl - who happens also to be the daughter of the king of Ethiopia. Her mistress, Amneris, is also in love with Radames. When the Ethiopians invade Radames is chosen to lead the army. When they return victorious Radames asks for all the Ethiopian slaves to be released - except Aida and her father who persuades her to trick Radames into revealing the plans of the Egyptian army - but he suggests that they all run away to Ethiopia together. When Radames is accused of treason he gives himself up to let Aida and her father escape but is condemned to be improisoned alive. As the last stones are put in place Aida appears and joins him in the tomb so that they might die together. The undisputed masters of intimate and accessible opera present Verdi's monumental epic of love, betrayal and war in a rousing new English version by David Eaton, Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Becca Marriott. Set in a present day world of border controls and mass migration, Aida makes a desperate journey from her homeland to find refuge in the UK, but her love for Radames throws her chances of survival into jeopardy. Featuring soaring arias and delicate melodies from one of history's greatest composers, this thrilling new production skillfully juxtaposes the conflict of nations with the conflicts of the heart.
Music Verdi. Lyrics Ghislanzoni. Adapted by David Eaton. Adapted by Adam Spreadbury-Maher. Adapted by Becca Marriott. Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher. Musical Director David Eaton.