Verdi version is beamed in to the Borders

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VERDI’S rarely heard production Ernani is performed this Saturday by New York’s Metropolitan Opera – and screened in the Pavilion Cinema, Galashiels.

Ernani is a core part of The Met’s repertory, but a piece not often seen in the UK.

“Set in 16th century Spain during a civil war, the work is as much about the pains of love as about war and rebellion,” says a Met spokesperson.

American soprano Angela Meade takes centre stage as Elvira, opposite Italian tenor Marcello Giordani who sings Ernani.

Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky makes his role debut as Don Carlo, and Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto sings de Silva.

Ernani starts at 6pm and tickets priced at £26 (£22 concessions) can be bought from 01896 752767.