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Aida

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

VERDI

Aida

In Aida, Verdi masterfully puts the intimate affairs of the heart against the grandeur of the universe: where kingdoms rise and fall and the sands of time grind onwards.

What grander setting could there be for such an opera than Sydney harbour itself: awash with the light of the city and the Sydney Opera House silhouetted against the setting sun?

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour has become a huge part of the cultural landscape, combining all of the things Sydney does best: world-class opera, champagne and fine dining, sunsets and spectacle on the harbour's edge.

It's a monumental undertaking, with a team of more than 700 people involved in the project before a single note is heard over the harbour.

Aida is the biggest opera we've ever performed on the opera stage. But amid all of the spectacle, the famous 'Triumphal March', battle scenes and ancient temples, there's an emotional heart.

Long after the fireworks have faded from the sky and Amneris sings her quiet, concluding prayer, you'll see the true mastery of this opera: it is at once an historic epic and an utterly relatable human tragedy.

 

A setting like this demands a spectacular opera, so prepare for a performance of huge proportions. A royal love triangle, a war, and the famous 'Triumphal March' with Egyptians en masse will light up the waters of Sydney's magnificent harbour.


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CONDUCTOR Brian Castles-Onion
DIRECTOR Gale Edwards
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER Mark Thompson
   
AIDA

Latonia Moore
Daria Masiero

RADAMÈS Roberto Aronica
Arnold Rawls
AMNERIS Milijana Nikolic
Jacqueline Dark
AMONASRO Michael Honeyman
Warwick Fyfe
RAMFIS David Parkin
Conal Coad
THE KING Gennadi Dubinsky
HIGH PRIESTESS Anabelle Chaffey
MESSENGER Benjamin Rasheed

Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Opera Australia Chorus


Running time: approximately 2 hours & 45 minutes, including one interval of 35 minutes


Performed in Italian with English translations


Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney


March 27–April 26

Evenings at 7.30pm
Tuesday–Sunday


Strategic Partner

Destination NSW


Principal Partner


Opera Australia Principal Partner

Mazda


Opera Australia Government Partners


Venue

The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust logo