The opera is back to delight audiences in three Lincolnshire venues
Almost exactly two years ago, the Russian State Opera premiered Aida nationwide.
Shortly after the tour started in late February 2020, it came to an abrupt halt due to the pandemic.
Fast forward to today, and all three parties are still recovering from the effects of the corona pandemic, as the arts sector in particular has been hit hardest.
Now opera producer Amande Concerts has decided to move past the pandemic and hit the road again, with the tour visiting venues in Lincoln, Grimsby and Scunthorpe.
Alexej Ignatow, producer of Russian State Opera, said: “It is not surprising that we have been hit hard over the past two years.
“Together with local theatres, we now hope the worst is behind us and we can slowly return to normality.
“We are thrilled to be back in the theater and also hope that local audiences will turn out in droves to support us and this incredible classic art.
“Maybe, who knows, but the pandemic will serve as a reboot for the opera genre – Opera needs you!”
Madama Butterfly by Puccini is described as the perfect tragic opera.
This story of the doomed love of a US Navy lieutenant and his young Japanese wife inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music.
Alexej said: “If you’ve never tried opera before, you’ll love this full orchestra experience with fantastic colorful costumes, exquisite singing and the wonderful tunes that the audience will still hum on the way home, this which makes it a must-see opera production for everyone.
Feel the thrill and passion of the love, jealousy and violence of 19th century Seville in one of Bizet’s most popular plays – Carmen, the most powerful and enjoyable opera
Its blend of fierce passion, beautiful melodies, biting dramatic confrontations and musical wit has found favor around the world, almost since its first performance in 1875.
Alexej said, “The rich and colorful vigor of the gypsy scenes will have you on the edge of your seat, and the dynamism, enthusiasm and intensity of the performance will reverberate long after the final curtain.
“This truly powerful and unique experience should be had by all.”
Madama Butterfly will be performed at Baths Hall in Scunthorpe on Thursday February 24 and Lincoln New Theater Royal on Saturday March 19.
Carmen will be at the Grimsby Auditorium on Friday February 25.
Tickets for the performances are available at the relevant local theaters:
○www.newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk/ or call the box office on 01522 519999
○grimsbyauditorium.org.uk/ or call the ticket office on 0300 300 0035
○ www.scunthorpe theatres.co.uk/ or call the box office on 01724 290657
Further information and tickets are also available at: www.russian-state-opera.co.uk