I've been learning quite a bit about opera this year, thanks to my blog, and have enjoyed three quite different performances: La Boheme screened from the Royal Opera House, The Rake's Progess performed live by OperaCoast and Opera Australia's Carmen screened from Sydney Harbour. What I didn't get to see were the Ellen Kent productions that came to Eastbourne so I'm pleased now to note that two more of her lavishly staged operas are on their way to town. The first, Nabucco, is on Friday the 27th of September.
Verdi's Nabucco is apparently the very first opera that Ellen Kent produced. The story follows the plight of the Hebrews as they are forced from their homeland into exile by the Babylonian King Nabucco. Verdi wrote the opera in 1841. It is based on a story in the Bible and was the first of Verdi's works to really make his name as a composer.
The Ellen Kent production will feature the Chisinau National Opera and National Philharmonic with magnificent sets and costumes, amazing lighting and stage effects. It will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Congress Theatre, Fri 27th Sep, 19:30.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person from the Box Office and Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre.