Australian Debut of the Russian bass Alexey Tikhomirov |
16, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30 October, 2010 at The Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Giuseppe Verdiís grand opera Aida makes a dramatic return to the Lyric Theatre in this stunning new production conceived by Graeme Murphy, one of Australiaís foremost choreographers and directors, whose unforgettable Turandot was staged here in 2008. This Opera Conference collaboration makes its Queensland debut on 16 October. Tickets are selling fast with only 1,800 seats remaining for the six-performance season.
An outstanding cast of international and Australian artists will take to the Lyric stage to bring this exciting work to Queensland audiences. Australian soprano Zara Barrett makes her role debut as the Ethiopian slave Aida. UK-based Australian tenor Julian Gavin also makes his role debut as Radam?s. Serbian-born soprano Milijana Nikolic makes her company debut as the Egyptian princess Amneris. Russian bass Alexey Tikhomirov makes his Australian and role debut as Ramfis. They are joined on stage by James Clayton as the King of Egypt, Ian Vayne as Amonasro and Bradley Daley as the Messenger.
In Verdiís saga of love and betrayal along the Nile, the warrior Radam?s prepares to lead the Egyptian army into battle against the Ethiopians. The Egyptian kingís daughter Amneris is in love with Radam?s and hopes that they will marry when he returns from war. But Radam?s is in love with Amnerisí Ethiopian slave Aida, and she with him. Unknown to the Egyptians, Aida is an Ethiopian princess, the daughter of King Amonasro. Torn between her love for Radam?s and loyalty to her people, Aida must decide whose side she is on.
Verdiís magnificent score with its thrilling arias and thundering choruses will be in the hands of English maestro Peter Robinson who returns to Australia to lead the combined talents of the artists, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Opera Queensland Chorus.
Contrary to popular belief, Aida was not commissioned for the opening of the Suez Canal. Verdiís first interest in the work was in 1870, the Canal opening was in 1869. Aida made its premi?re at the Cairo Opera House on 24 December, 1871. Verdi was absent at the debut performance, angered by the fact the audience was made up of invited VIPs and critics rather than the general public. Subsequently, he regarded the Italian prem?ere at La Scala in Milan on 8 February, 1872 as the operaís first real premi?re, making sure he was involved in all stages of this production. Aida was enthusiastically received by the Italians and was an instant hit. Since then, it has become one of the most well-known and frequently performed works in the operatic canon.
Performances: 16, 21 (30 Below), 23, 26 (30 Below), 28 (sunset, 30 Below) and 30 (matinee) October.
Bookings: qtix 136 246 or online www.qtix.com.au
Single tickets from $52.25* to $158.25* (*prices include qtix booking fee)
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