First performed at the Cairo Opera in 1871, Aida draws us into the fantasy of a reconstructed Antiquity. At the heart of the plot, an impossible choice between love and patriotic duty: A captive Ethiopian princess and an Egyptian soldier betray their people, defy a powerful rival and unite until death. Marked by the contrast between a theatrical extravaganza and the transition towards a more intimate, personal drama, Verdi’s score manages to distinguish the inner angst of its protagonists from the imposing historical setting. The work brings together several themes dear to the composer: nostalgia for a lost homeland, deliverance through death, the contrast between a dispiriting present and an idealized elsewhere, the stifling reach of religious and political power, the regulating factors in a world intentionally littered with pitfalls. For her Paris Opera debut, Dutch director Lotte de Beer has chosen to cast a critical eye on the European portrayal of colonised peoples, encouraging us to rethink our relationship with aesthetic productions of the past and present.
May 15, 2021
No sessions running at Eastend this week
No sessions running at Prospect this week
Met Opera Encore: The Magic Flute | Julie Taymor’s enchanting production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute returns.
From: Jun 17, 2021
Opéra de Paris: Faust | Frustrated by the futile quest for knowledge, the erudite old Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal youth and the beautiful...
From: Jul 3, 2021
NT Live (Encore): No Man's Land | Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart lead the cast in this glorious revival of Harold Pinter’s comic classic.
From: Jul 8, 2021
Exhibition on Screen: Leonardo The Works | This film also looks afresh at Leonardo’s life – his inventiveness, his sculptural skills, & his ability to navigate politics.
From: Jul 15, 2021
Paris Opera Ballet: Le Parc | In this highly sensual and intelligent three-part piece, created for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1994, Angelin Preljocaj explores the laws of
From: Jul 17, 2021
Met Opera Encore: Don Pasquale | Anne Netrebko sings Norina, the role that made her a Met favourite, in this hilarious comedy by Donizetti.
From: Jul 24, 2021
POMPEII: SIN CITY is a journey back in time, to two thousand years ago, laying bare the myths and characters that helped make this site extraordinary, and rendered it tim
From: Aug 5, 2021
Opera di Roma: La Traviata | After the extraordinary success of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (presented this past March in Australia) comes a new opera-film collabor
From: Aug 21, 2021
Exhibition on Screen: Cezanne: Portraits Of A Life | From the National Portrait Gallery in London, Musée d’Orsay in Paris & The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
From: Aug 21, 2021
Met Opera Encore: Rigoletto | Director Michael Mayer reimagines Verdi’s towering tragedy in 1960s Las Vegas.