Tragic tale of a slave girl and her hero

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A masterpiece widely regarded as defining the term ‘grand opera’ will be staged at the Kings Theatre in Southsea on Tuesday, October 15 (7.30pm).

Verdi’s Aida tells the tragic story of a beautiful Ethiopian slave-girl, her love for conquering Egyptian war hero Radames, and the jealousy of Amneris.

The new Ellen Kent production features an international cast from the Chisinau National Opera and Philharmonic, including chorus and orchestra, with opulent set and costumes and a spectacular staging of the Triumphal March to match Verdi’s music.

As well as that choral highlight, Aida features notable show-stopping arias such as Celeste Aida and Ritorna Vincitor.

Ellen Kent’s company will return to the Kings on April 6 next year with one of Puccini’s most popular operas, La Boheme, best known for the aria Che Gelida Manina (traditionally translated as Your Tiny Hand is Frozen).

Set in Paris, La Boheme is the story of a vulnerable seamstress’s doomed love for a penniless writer.

Both productions will be sung in the original Italian but with surtitles showing English translations.

Tickets: £24 or £23.50 from the Kings Theatre, Souths ea, on (023) 9282 8282 or go to