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 London opera 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... Le Nozze Di Figaro will be in London on Friday February 24th, for a run at the Royal Opera House.
 
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:

Sibelius, Stravinsky and Prokofiev24 FebruaryJoin conductor Kirill Karabits, pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Sibelius, Stravinsky and Prokofiev.

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.

Sing-A-Long-A Grease24 FebruaryJoin John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and the greasy gang of bikers in Sing-A-Long-A Grease! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a highschool frenzy. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged, and there’s even a competition for the best-dressed guest!

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.

Captain Scott’s Antartic Expedition24 FebruaryCaptain Robert Scott’s expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913 was one of the most famous expedition’s of all-time. This extraordinary exhibition commemorates the centenary by collecting together artefacts used by his team, alongside a life-size representation of Scott’s base-camp, which still survives in Antarctica.

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.

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”.

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton24 FebruaryCecil Beaton photographed The Queen as she went from being a princess to a monarch and a mother. This exhibition will feature nearly 100 of his best portraits. Also included are extracts from Beaton’s own letters and diaries, which will reveal the intense planning and working practice of a royal sitting.

Lucian Freud’s Portraits24 FebruaryThis major new exhibition will focus on Lucian Freud’s portraits — a central theme throughout his career. It will be divided into broad themes from particular periods. For example, paintings of Freud’s lovers, close friends and family will be used to demonstrate the psychological drama and intensity of his work.

 

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