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VenueNEC (National Exhibition Centre)
Other spaces: NEC Arena, Resorts World Arena (formerly Genting Arena)
CountyWest Midlands
From16th March 2001
To17th March 2001
What is currently on at NEC (National Exhibition Centre) (V149)
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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.
Music Verdi
Lyrics Ghislanzoni

Archive :: production:T01615978550, opera or operetta:S1857, venue:V149
Current production:Work

Production details

Sung in English


Producer Raymond Gubbay
Director David Freeman
Design David Roger
Conductor Peter Robinson
Lighting Andrew Bridge
Translation Amanda Holden
Company BBC Concert Orchestra
Performer Tamsin Dives (Aida)
Performer Jean Glennon (Aida)
Performer Christine Bunning (Aida)
Performer John Keyes (Radames)
Performer Lin Qiang Xu (Radames)
Performer Antoni Garfield Henry (Radames)
Performer Renata Skarelyte (Amneris)
Performer Yvonne Howard (Amneris)

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