Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Aida - 31 Days of Opera Awesomeness

Our season will end with the vivid, colorful and famous Aida by Giuseppe Verdi who celebrates his 200th Birthday in 2013.

The plot
Aida tells the story of the tragic love triangle of Amneris, the Pharaoh’s daughter, who is competing for the love of the Egyptian general Radames with her own Ethiopian slave, Aida.

The production
 Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes’ vivid designer’s eye enhances Verdi’s vision of ancient Egypt in this stunning production. Acclaimed in London, San Francisco and Houston, the brilliant sets and costumes are seen in San Diego for the first time, creating a riot of color and pageantry.

 The triumphal march - Photo by Cory Weaver

The cast

Filled with great arias and choruses, including the famous Triumphal March, Aida demands extraordinary singers in every role.

Latonia Moore, Walter Fraccaro, Jill Grove and Mark S. Doss

Rising American star Latonia Moore conquered Covent Garden as Aida: “I can honestly say that I have not heard an Aida like her at Covent Garden…or, for that matter, anywhere else…Moore is a world-class artist”(Opera Magazine, UK). Italian tenor, Walter Fraccaro, as Radames, “…whose singing is “burnished and impassioned” (The New York Times), Jill Grove as Amneris “…a low mezzo bordering on contralto (with) a rich and full bottom voice” (La Scena Musicale), and Mark S. Doss with his “…strong and authoritative bass-baritone voice” (San Francisco Sentinel) as Amonasro, lead the cast. 

Daniele Callegari and Andrew Sinclair

Italian conductor Daniele Callegari makes his San Diego Opera debut with Andrew Sinclair directing.

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