Preview: Angels in America, the opera

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Tomorrow sees the UK premiere of Angels in America, the opera by Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös at London’s Barbican Hall.

The opera is adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by American playwright Tony Kushner.

The original seven-hour monumental play, first staged in two parts in 1991, centres on a neurotic gay Jewish New Yorker and his partner, Prior Walter, terminally ill with AIDS.

In 2004, it was re-written as a Golden Globe-winning HBO miniseries starring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson.

Tomorrow night sees a one-off staging of the opera. David Robertson conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra alongside a cast that includes David Adam Moore, Scott Scully, Omar Ebrahim, Brian Asawa, Janice Hall, Kelly Anderson, Julia Migenes and Ava Pine.

A limited number of tickets are still available from the Barbican website.

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