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THE country's most popular touring opera company, The Chisinau National Opera, is returning to The Anvil in Basingstoke.

On September 27 and 28 at 7.30pm they will give their stunning traditional production of Verdi's Aida.

They will also be performing a newly staged version of Bellini's Norma with magnificent sets based on Stonehenge on October 17 at 7.45pm.

Aida, probably the most popular opera ever written, is the magnificent story of war, jealousy and revenge, at whose heart is the doomed love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl Aida and the Egyptian hero Radames.

Its many wonderful arias include Ritorna Vincitor and Celeste Aida as well as the classic Triumphal March.

Norma is a powerful and lyrical jewel in the crown of bel canto opera and gave Maria Callas perhaps her most famous and demanding role.

The opera tells of the tragedy which results from the forbidden love of the Druid High Priestess, Norma, for the Roman Officer, Pollione.

The score includes the renowned aria Casta Diva -prayer for peace - and the wonderful soprano duet Mira, O Norma.

Tickets for either Aida or Norma are priced from £14 to £28.

Call The anvil box office on 01256 855244, use the ticket fax 01256 366900 or visit The Anvil website


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