"Murphy's dancer's eye for balance, colour and flow creates a theatre of symbol and geometry, delightfully leavened with humour."
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald
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If ever there were a 19th-century opera to have stood the test of time it is Verdi’s soaringly romantic and dramatic Aida. Its exotic, golden images of Egypt, spine-tingling arias, potent choruses, conflicting allegiances and cruel twists of fate make it one of the pillars of the grand opera repertoire.
The director and choreographer Graeme Murphy’s triumphant staging of the masterpiece is both intimate and epic. Brilliantly designed by Roger Kirk and strikingly lit by Damien Cooper, the production evokes the opera’s splendour and unsurpassed musical characterisation through vivid projected images and soaring voices.
At its core, Aida is a tale of star-crossed lovers – the fragile but strong-willed Ethiopian princess Aida, the heroic yet all-too-human general of the Egyptian army Radamès and the king’s status conscious, lovelorn daughter, the Egyptian princess Amneris. Aida is captured in battle and given to Amneris as a slave. Our heroine falls for Radamès and must ultimately choose between her love for Radamès or her love for her country.
The passion intensifies with three remarkable performers making their role debuts – the stunning Daria Masiero in the title role, having recently won acclaim as Liù in Murphy’s acclaimed Turandot, Carlo Barricelli as Radamès (Calaf in Turandot) and former principal artist at Hamburg State Opera Deborah Humble as Amneris. Verdi specialist and acclaimed international conductor Renato Palumbo wields the baton in his Opera Australia debut.
Want to know more? Read the synopsis (the story of the opera), this interview with Carlo Barricelli and Daria Masiero from when they were performing in Turandot, or find out more about Daria in the Operative Word.
What are the critics saying?
"Murphy's dancer's eye for balance, colour and flow creates a theatre of symbol and geometry, delightfully leavened with humour...this production is an oasis in Opera Australia's repertoire, never failling to delight." Sydney Morning Herald
"As rich a tapestry as a company, and opera, can weave." Crikey
|Rehearsed by||Shane Placentino|
|Set Designer||Roger Kirk|
|Concept by||Graeme Murphy|
|Costume Designer||Roger Kirk|
|Projection Designer||The Brothers Gruchy|
|Lighting Designer||Damien Cooper|
|The King||Jud Arthur|
|High Priestess||Natalie Aroyan|