A GROUND BREAKING CONCERT STAGING FROM OPERA NORTH
The latest in Opera North’s series of groundbreaking concert stagings of large-scale operas, Verdi’s Aida opens at Leeds Town Hall on Wednesday 1 May, before embarking on an extensive tour visiting the Midlands, the North and Scotland.
The team behind the Company’s acclaimed concert staging of Turandot, Olivier Award-winning opera and theatre director Annabel Arden, designer Joanna Parker and leading conductor Sir Richard Armstrong, will reunite for Verdi’s Egyptian epic.
Egypt is at war with Ethiopia. Aida, daughter of the Ethiopian king, has been captured by the Egyptians. Secretly, she loves an Egyptian general, Radamès, and he returns her love. When Radamès is selected to lead a renewed assault against the enemy, Aida is forced to choose between betraying her country and betraying her heart.
Colombian soprano Alexandra Zabala takes the role of the captive princess Aida, and as her lover Radamès, Mexican tenor Rafael Rojas returns to Opera North following his highly praised Cavaradossi in last Autumn’s Tosca. American baritone Eric Greene takes the role of his adversary, Aida’s father Amonasro, King of Ethiopia, with Alessandra Volpe as Aida’s rival for the love of Radamès, the Egyptian princess Amneris.
Finnish bass Petri Lindroos sings the High Priest Ramfis, and as the King of Egypt, Michael Druiett returns to Opera North for the first time since his Wotan in 2016’s Das Rheingold.
Although it is best known for the grandiosity and imperialism of set pieces like the famous Triumphal March, at Aida’s heart is a web of intimate personal relationships between people caught in the crossfire of international conflict, ending with a profound prayer for peace. Its leading characters are as conflicted as the war-torn world they inhabit, and for the doomed lovers, Radamès and Aida, Verdi reserved some of his finest arias – his ‘Celeste Aida’ and her ‘O patria mia’.
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