Ellen Kent returns to Manchester with ‘Aida’, ‘Nabucco’ & ‘La Boheme’ triple-bill

Following critically acclaimed tours of Carmen, Tosca and Die Fledermaus, Ellen Kent now returns to the Palace Theatre, Manchester with spectacular new productions of AidaLa Boheme and Nabucco, a triple-bill of beloved operas not to be missed.

Giacomo Puccini


Wednesday 3rd May | 7:30 pm

Based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes de la vie de boheme, Puccini’s powerful and emotional opera is amongst the most beautiful and best loved operas in the classical canon, centring on the tragic romance between the doomed, consumptive Mimi and penniless poet, Rodolfo.

French soprano Olga Perrier stars as Mimi alongside Spanish Tenor Giorgio Meladze as Rodolfo. They are joined in the cast by  Alyona Kistenyova as Musetta and Vitalii Liskovetskiy as Marcello.

Traditionally staged with beautiful sets and costumes reflecting the Bohemian art of the period, Kent’s production is inspired by George Orwell’s Down and out in Paris and London in its depiction of extreme poverty in the backstreets and attics of Paris.

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Giuseppe Verdi


Thursday 4th May | 7:30 pm

Written as a cry against the tyranny of the world and for freedom for all those who are oppressed by tyrants, Nabucco is the monumental tale of revenge, destruction and jealousy, set against the backdrop of the Hebrews being forced from their homeland into exile.

Including the truly haunting Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, the opera follows the plight of the Hebrews as they are conquered and sentenced to death by the Babylonian King Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar).

Kent’s signature production stars French soprano Olga Perrier as Abigaille, alongside American mezzo-soprano Zara Vardanean and celebrated Moldovan baritone, Iurie Gisca, as Nabucco.

The production also introduces young bass, Vadym Chernihovskiy, as Zacharia, with Spanish tenors Giorgio Meladze and Vitalii Liskovetskiy returning to the role of Ismaele.

Having graced the stage of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and with numerous film credits to his name, 9-year old Andalusian black stallion, Houdini, will make a special appearance as Nabucco’s war horse.

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Giuseppe Verdi


Friday 5th & Saturday 6th May | 7:30 pm

One of the most lavish of all Ellen Kent operas, this stunning new traditional production takes strong influence from the ancient Greek dramas of Euripides, symbolising the powerful religious hold of the priests of Egypt.

A tragic story of war, jealousy and revenge, Aida explores the doomed love between the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, and Egyptian war hero, Radames.

Ellen Kent comments:

“I have produced and directed many Aida’s over the years and it still remains the biggest challenge a producer can face.  My vision of Aida matches Verdi’s vision, and I try and give Aida the grandeur which Verdi achieved in the first production.

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