Classic Operas Live on Stage at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

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Award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent is returning to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre this spring with opera classics La Bohéme (Mon 13 Mar) and Madama Butterfly (Thu 27 Apr); both performed by the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv.

One of the most romantic operas ever written, La Bohème is traditionally staged featuring beautiful sets and costumes. Set in the backstreets and attics of Bohemian Paris, this powerful and emotional opera tells the heart-breaking tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer, Rodolfo.

Madama Butterfly is Puccini’s popular tale on which the hit West End musical Miss Saigon is based. One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet. This award-winning Opera returns in a new production with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.

Artistic Director and Producer, Ellen Kent is one of the top opera producers in the UK and has been the biggest supplier of opera and ballet in the UK and Ireland for twenty-nine years. Ellen first worked with the Ukraine on her opera tours in 2002, when Ellen Kent and Opera and Ballet International launched the Ukrainian National Opera Odessa with a summer tour of the UK with La Traviata and The Barber of Seville.

Ellen hand picks all of the soloists and says: ‘My operas have to be emotional and beautiful. I try to produce opera that the audience can emotionally connect with, not just on a musical level but with the personal drama happening on the stage.’

Elena Dee, the international Korean soprano, returns to sing her iconic role as Mimi in La Bohème and returns to play Cio Cio in Madama Butterfly. Both productions also see the critically-acclaimed Ukrainian soprano, Alyona Kistenyova, Ukrainian tenor Vitalii Liskovetskyi, Romanian international tenor Sorin Lupu and Ukrainian baritone Olexandr Forkushak.

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