Operas in London Friday 24 February

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Operas in London on Fri 24th February

Our guide to operas in London on Friday 24 February 2012.

Aida at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Verdi’s “Aida”, performed ‘in the round’

to Royal Albert Hall Opera in London at the Royal Albert Hall. This spectacular version of Verdi's "Aida" will be performed 'in the round' amongst the ruins of Ancient Egypt. The epic work explores the tragic love triangle between the Ethiopian slave girl Aida, the King's daughter Amneris, and the Captain of the Guard.
Le Nozze Di Figaro at Royal Opera House, London
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Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's glorious comedy, "Le Nozze di Figaro". The plot revolves around Figaro's attempts to protect his love from the lusty looks of Count Almaviva, but the action soon sucks in the entire household and reveals its poignant undercurrents... The opera Le Nozze Di Figaro will be running at the Royal Opera House on Friday February 24th.
 
Der Rosenkavalier at London Coliseum, London
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Richard Strauss: “Der Rosenkavalier”

London Coliseum Richard Strauss's Viennese comedy "Der Rosenkavalier" tells the tale of Octavian, who quickly loses his heart to Sophie when asked to deliver a rose on behalf of the elderly Baron Ochs.

We don’t have any more operas, but here are some more events taking place on Friday 24 February:

See the stars at Hampstead Observatory24 FebruaryHampstead Observatory is a small observatory with a six-inch refractor, housed inside a rotating dome, and it has one major advantage over its more famous brother in Greenwich — it allows the public to just turn up and see the stars for free. You don’t even have to book.

“Sex With A Stranger”, at Trafalgar Studios24 FebruaryWhen Adam leaves his girlfriend at home to attend a mate’s birthday, he dosn’t anticipate meeting Grace and ending up back at her flat… “Sex With A Stranger” is an excruciatingly accurate exploration of the time of our lives when were still growing up, and is superbly frank (even graphic) when it comes to the subject of sex.

Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel24 FebruaryThe Courtauld Gallery is putting on a special exhibition which follows the friendship that developed between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson — two of the leading forces of abstract art. Using major paintings and reliefs by both artists, its explores the parallel paths that Mondrian and Nicholson charted during the 1930s in their Hampstead studios.

David Lynch film season, at BFI Southbank24 FebruaryBFI Southbank will be celebrating the career of one of Hollywood’s most talked about directors with a month-long retrospective of David Lynch’s films. Films include “Blue Velvet”, “Dune”, “The Elephant Man”, “Eraserhead”, “Lost Highway” and “Wild At Heart”.

The House of Annie Lennox24 FebruaryAnnie Lennox’s success with the Eurythmics and as a solo artist has spanned four decades, in which she has amassed a large collection of costumes, dresses and accessories. This exhibition will showcase items that helped to develop her creative vision, together with plenty of photographs, awards, interviews and videos.

Omid Djalili, at the Hammersmith Apollo24 FebruaryThe world’s funniest Iranian comic is back at the Hammersmith Apollo with a brand new show. Omid Djalili has had a great 12 months, picking up the best actor award for his role in “The Infidel”. This goes alongside his gongs for comedy — the Time Out Award for best stand-up, and nomination for the prestigious Perrier Award.

Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics24 FebruaryThis explosive exhibition features some of the best covers and illustrations from 50 years of the “Commando” comic series. “Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics” will explore the history of the comic from its very first issue, through to its heroic subject matter and its enduring popularity.

“Travelling Light”, at the National Theatre24 FebruaryWhen Motl Mendl first sees the silent images on his dad’s cinematograph, he is entranced. With encouragement from his friend Anna, Motl leaves his little village and ends up as a famed film director. “Travelling Light” is a study of the Eastern European immigrants who rose to became major players in Hollywood’s golden age.

Hajj — Journey to the heart of Islam24 FebruaryHajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and every muslim must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least one time in their lives. This major new exhibition will chart the history of this journey, exploring how pilgrims have tackled it through the centuries.

 

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