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1 May - 11 Jun 2019
Giuseppe Verdi (1874) | Concert Staging
Commissioned to create a grand opera to inaugurate the new opera house in Cairo, Verdi responded by creating a historical fantasy of Egypt on a tragic theme.
Yet for all its scenes of spectacle, such as the famous triumphal march, at the heart of Aida is a web of intimate personal relationships between people caught in the crossfire of international conflict.
Egypt is at war with Ethiopia. Aida, daughter of the Ethiopian king, has been captured by the Egyptians. Secretly, she loves an Egyptian general, Radamès, and he returns her love. When Radamès is selected to lead a renewed assault against the enemy, Aida is forced to choose between betraying her country and betraying her heart.
The leading characters in Aida are as conflicted as the war-torn world they inhabit, and for the doomed lovers, Radamès and Aida, Verdi reserved some of his finest arias – his ‘Celeste Aida’ and her ‘O patria mia’ for example.
This new concert staging of Aida is by Annabel Arden, whose award-winning production of Turandot for Opera North electrified audiences in 2017.
Approximately 2 hours 50 minutes
Sung in Italian with English titles
Leeds Town Hall
Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)
Leeds Town Hall is conveniently located in the centre of Leeds, next to Leeds Central Library and Leeds City Art Gallery. It is a five minute walk from both the rail and bus stations and a ten minute drive from the M1 and M62 motorways.
Choose from these fantastic pre-performance dining options and make your experience complete!
Explore the pre-theatre menu (available Monday to Saturday 5.00-6.30pm) or a la carte menu at Iberica, Leeds' authentic Spanish dining experience, just a three minute walk from Leeds Town Hall. Turandot bookers can also enjoy a complimentary glass of cava when ordering from either menu on presentation of ticket (day of performance).
Veritas Ale & Wine Bar
Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 2 minute walk from Leeds Town Hall, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.
Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Q-Park on Talbot Street and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street. For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham.
For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070 or www.nctx.co.uk and trentbarton on 01773 712265 or www.trentbarton.co.uk Alternative bus routes can be found at Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineastmidlands.co.uk
The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route.
Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares.
St Mary's Square
The Sage Gateshead has its own car park with lift access situated directly behind the building. If you arrive and depart within 30 minutes, there is no charge. From 06.00-17.00 charges are £1.50 per hour, paid for on exit only. From 5pm there is a pre-pay discounted rate available at a fixed charge of £3.50 for the whole evening.
Further car parking is available within two to fifteen minutes walking distance from The Sage Gateshead, in Gateshead and Newcastle centres.
Thanks to the generosity of Nexus, you can travel to and from Gateshead Interchange by Metro absolutely free: simply retain your event ticket for inspection on the Metro (valid two hours prior to, and after, an event at The Sage Gateshead).
The bright yellow Quaylink buses run every 10 minutes during the day, around every 20 minutes during the evenings and directly serves The Sage Gateshead.
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Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is within walking distance of Lime Street and Central Stations. We are also on the frequent 86 bus route. Merseytravel.gov.uk has comprehensive transport information and a ‘Journey Planner’ service, or you can call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.
Continue along the motorway until its end and then follow the signs for the city centre, cathedrals and
universities (c.3 miles). Turn left at the Metropolitan Cathedral and head past the Everyman Theatre along
If lost, use this maxim: find one cathedral, head for the other. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is halfway between the two.
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Birmingham New Street and Snow Hill stations are within easy walking distance of Town Hall and Symphony Hall.
The main Pay & Display car park underneath the National Indoor Arena (NIA) is about a 10 minute walk from Symphony Hall. Additional spaces are available in the local Paradise Circus multi-storey car park (formerly Brindley Drive), Brindleyplace and Cambridge Street car parks.