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
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
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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.
From: Aug 26, 2021
Paris Opera Ballet: Notre-Dame de Paris | To mark the tenth anniversary of the choreographer’s death, the Corps de Ballet revives this magnificent fresco in dance on the
From: Aug 28, 2021
Raphael: The Young Prodigy | Delve into Raphael’s uncanny ability to capture celestial beauty, and to focus his gaze beyond the physicality.
From: Sep 2, 2021
During the same summer as Woodstock, over 300,000 people attended the Harlem Cultural Festival, celebrating African American music and culture, and promoting Black pride.
From: Sep 9, 2021
Exhibition on Screen: Lucian Freud | More than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself.
From: Sep 11, 2021
André Rieu invites you to come together again with friends, family and loved ones for a heart-warming concert, bringing together performers from all over the world.