Verdi good opera in Eastgate Theatre

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THE Royal Opera presents Verdi’s monumental operatic work Les Vepres Siciliennes in a live screening at Peebles’ Eastgate Theatre on Monday, November 4.

The Royal Opera, based in London’s Covent Garden Theatre and under the direction of Antonio Pappano, is one of the world’s leading opera companies.

Verdi’s impassioned music is rich in showpiece arias and ensembles, and striking choruses. Choreography is by Johann Kobborg, performed by dancers from The Royal Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet.

Pappano conducts a star cast including Bryan Hymel, Marina Polavskaya, Erwin Schrott and Michael Volle, who will be directed by Stefan Herheim in his UK debut.

The Royal Opera is renowned for its outstanding performances of both traditional opera as well as commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas Ades.

Some of the most famous singers of all time have performed with the company including Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Jonas Kaufman, Rolando Villazón, Juan Diego Flórez, as well as the late Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland.

Its Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, founded in 2001, also offers exceptionally talented professional singers a tailored programme of coaching and performance opportunities and many of its graduates are now seen regularly on the international stage.

The show starts at 5.45pm, tickets cost £17 (£10 for schoolchildren), with an opera supper in the interval (£10.95/£11.95).

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