Stories of passion in ancient Egypt

Ellen Kent Company's Aida
Ellen Kent Company's Aida

Sheffield City Hall will be transported back to the grandeur of Ancient Egypt when the grandest of all operas, Aida, is played out on Sunday.

Another large-scale Ellen Kent production will really bring to life the story of jealousy, revenge and hopeless romance complete with a breathtaking wall of fire.

The Chisinau National Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra with international soloists including Elena Dee will perform Verdi’s opera, the tragic story of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, and her love for the Egyptian hero, Radamès.

Providing a visual spectacle will be temple dancers, ballet sequences provided by The Counterpoint Theatre Arts, beautiful pillared sets with intricate tomb paintings, Bedouin dancers, a bathing scene and the ceremonial march with a pyrotechnic display where a wall of fire will extend across the stage in a massive burst of flames.

Fire spinners come out of the firewall with a display of fire wheels and live flames to mark the jubilant celebrations of the classic Triumphal march.

Director and producer Kent says: “It’s the big one. The biggest, most spectacular opera. In my opinion, it’s the best score Verdi ever wrote. It’s exotic and interesting and the music is simply spectacular. Even now, it’s my ambition to stage Aida on the banks of the Nile.”

The opera is sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Ellen Kent has been touring the UK and Ireland for 20 Years and will return in 2014 with La Boheme in February and Nabucco in March.