Classical music in London Saturday 3 March

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Classical music in London on Sat 3rd March

Our guide to classical music in London on Saturday 3 March 2012.

Romeo And Juliet at Royal Opera House, London
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“Romeo and Juliet”, at the Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House Classical music at the Royal Opera House London. The Royal Ballet will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's tragic love story "Romeo And Juliet", set to the music of Prokofiev's exhilarating score. It tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, forbidden to see each other by the rivalry of their families.
Aida at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Verdi’s “Aida”, performed ‘in the round’

to 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. Aida will be in London on Saturday March 3rd, for a run at the Royal Albert Hall.
 

That’s all of the classical music, but there are lots of other events taking place on 3 March including:

Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace3 MarchStrolling down The Mall to Buckingham Palace and watching the “Changing of the Guard” is one of the must-do events in everyone’s itinerary. The new set of guards arrive on the forecourt accompanied by a military band, which they take part in a ceremonial handing over of the keys.

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton3 MarchCecil 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.

Hajj — Journey to the heart of Islam3 MarchHajj 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.

Tyne Daly in “Master Class” — about Maria Callas3 March“Master Class” tells the story of iconic opera singer Maria Callas. Tyne Daley (of “Cagney and Lacey” fame) takes the role of the legendary diva, whose turbulent love life and fiery temperament led to much self-sacrifice and heartache.

“Midnight Tango”, at the Aldwych Theatre3 March“Midnight Tango” was created by Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace — the same people who have been dazzling us with their sensual tango routines on TV’s “Strictly Come Dancing”. The show is set in downtown Buenos Aires and will take you on a journey through this intoxicating city.

Captain Scott’s Antartic Expedition3 MarchCaptain 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.

“Absent Friends” at the Harold Pinter Theatre3 MarchAlan Ayckbourn’s classic black comedy “Absent Friends” will be one tea party that you’ll never forget… When Colin loses his fiancĂ©e, his friends invite him round for a bit of cheering up. But when they start to pour the tea trouble bubbles up in the form of a wickedly funny blend of jealousy, infidelity and barely hidden hatred. Maybe it isn’t just Colin that needs the help?

“The Leisure Society”, at Trafalgar Studios3 March“The Leisure Society” is a fantastically offensive comedy with absolutely no moral compass. When a well-heeled couple invite their friend over for dinner, intending to dump him, they are surprised to find that he turns up with a stunning new beau in tow. The dinner party then descends into a drunken row of revelation and debauchery.

Titian’s “Diana and Callisto”3 MarchThis special exhibition celebrates the National Gallery’s acquisition of Titian’s “Diana and Callisto”. Its companion painting “Diana and Actaeon” was purchased in 2009, and the pair have now been reunited in Room 1. “Diana and Callisto” shows the moment when Diana banishes Callisto after revealing her pregnancy.

 

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