VO closes its 52nd season with a masterpiece not seen in Vancouver in a decade: the grandest of grand operas, Aida. Giuseppe Verdi’s tour de force of heart-stirring arias and thundering choruses is on stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for six performances only, April 21 – May 3, 2012.

Opening night is Saturday, April 21, 2012 with subsequent performances Tuesday, April 24; Thursday, April 26; Saturday, April 28; Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3. All performances take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Georgia and Hamilton Streets, Vancouver, B.C. and begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are available exclusively through the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre, online at www.vancouveropera.ca or by telephone (604-683-0222). See complete ticket information below.

Set in ancient Egypt, Aida is a passionate drama of love across enemy lines. When an enslaved Ethiopian princess and her captor fall in love, their loyalties are tested by fierce patriotism and a powerful priesthood.

Visually stunning and musically magnificent, Vancouver Opera’s massive and opulent production features dazzling sets, sumptuous costumes, an orchestra of 65, a chorus of 40, a dozen dancers, 8 principal singers and more than 30 non-singing performers playing soldiers and prisoners.

Internationally revered dancer Chan Hon Goh, Director of the Goh Ballet Academy and Youth Company and former Principal Dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, makes her choreographic debut with the gorgeous ballet sequences in the production. Ms. Goh will oversee twelve hand-picked dancers.

Single tickets are available from the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre, online at www.vancouveropera.ca, or by phone at 604-683-0222. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.

Groups: For special pricing for groups of ten or more, call 604-683-0222.