Book tickets for Aida in support of the Normansfield Theatre

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By Teddington People | Tuesday, November 05, 2013, 21:17

If you're looking for something to do in Teddington this November, head down to the Normansfield Theatre where you'll be in for an operatic treat.

The Normansfield will once again play host to the Villa Incanto, one of Italy's leading innovative operatic companies. This time it's Giuseppe Verdi's Aida that receives the "Incanto" treatment. The operatic troupe are renowned for their intimate performances, for engaging with their audiences and for emphatically wringing the emotions already inherent in some of the great operatic classics.

The opera itself was originally written for a new opera house in Cairo that opened around the same time as the opening of the Suez Canal. Aida premiered in Cairo in 1871 before opening in Italy in La Scala, Milan.

The plot revolves around the ancient Egyptians and Ethiopians engaging in a war that raged across northern Europe, and of course, the lovers – Radamès, an Egyptian army captain, and Aida, daughter of the Ethiopian king.

What makes the story of Aida so profound and moving is the mirroring of the political and the personal, the aggressions and the attractions that operate across the battleground and the home.

The opera was an instant success despite the competition over the cast of singers for the Italian and the Egyptian performances. Verdi wanted the better singers for La Scala but Cairo was able to offer far more money offering the singer Teresa Stolz 90,000 which compared to the 20,000 offered to the conductor - Mariani - who also happened to be her fiance. Verdi got his way eventually and Stolz was persuaded to perform in Milan without Mariani (who Verdi did not want).

By this point the engagement had been broken off so the singers knew only too well that true love does not run a smooth course.

Contact lesley.alabaf@downs-syndrome.org.uk OR 0333 1212 300 to book tickets or for further information.

      

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