‘Burana’ Debuts At London O2

Classical music producer Franz Abraham’s take on the pop opera "Carmina Burana" will make its U.K. debut at London’s O2 Arena January 17.

"Of course we must take it to the U.K. and the O2 is the perfect venue with crystal clear acoustics," said Abraham, who checked out the new arena at Led Zeppelin’s special one-off show in November. "I’m thrilled to be working with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Brighton Festival Chorus and Youth Choir," he explained.

The Arts Concerts chief has been touring the production, which has spectacular light projections and fireworks, all over the world for 13 years.

There have been some landmark performances including one on Copacabana beach in Rio to an audience of 100,000 people.

The London show will mark the start of the O2’s "Monumental Classics Series."

"The venue has already been host to some of the world’s greatest pop and rock artists," said David Campbell, chief exec of AEG Europe, which owns and operates The O2. "Bringing the Monumental Classics series to the arena will not only bring a whole new audience to the venue but will also bring a new classical experience."