A love triangle between Aida the Ethiopian slave girl, the King's daughter Amneris and Captain of the Guard, Radames. Set in the backdrop of ancient Egypt.

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Claire Rutter ... Aida
Joseph Wolverton ... Radamès
Liuba Sokolova ... Amneris
Stanislav Shvets ... Ramfis
Ashley Holland ... Amonasro
Andrew Greenan ... The King
Catrin Aur ... High Priestess
Jonathan Stoughton ... Messenger
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Andrew Greenwood ... Himself - Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
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A love triangle between Aida the Ethiopian slave girl, the King's daughter Amneris and Captain of the Guard, Radames. Set in the backdrop of ancient Egypt.

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9 March 2012 (UK)  »

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Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette. Aida was first performed at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on 24 December 1871, conducted by Giovanni Bottesini. Back in 2000 another version of Aida (also known as Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida) is a musical with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang, and produced by Walt Disney Theatrical. See more »

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A largely successful Aida
16 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

I was intrigued in seeing this production of Aida. The opera is one of my favourites and I wanted to see how an opera would sound in a space as big yet exposed in acoustic as the Royal Albert Hall(where I have performed many times). The performance was very interesting. It is not perfect, while not irritating as such the additional character of Amelia Edwards was unnecessary in my view, the mix of Victorian dress and ancient Egyptian garb is likely to confuse some people initially(me being one of them) and while not as inept as other productions I've seen the choreography for me seemed rather dull.

On the other hand, it is on the whole a feast visually. Raymond Gubbay and the opera itself are known for spectacle, and spectacle the performance has. The water fountains and fires are really striking to look at. The staging is mostly compelling, this is especially true of the final scene which is very movingly staged. The orchestral playing is superb, being rousing and full of pathos, the conducting is done with a firm and assured hand and the chorus sing very powerfully in the Grand March and the whole of Act 2 actually. The performances are wonderful, the standouts being Claire Rutter's moving and vocally breathtaking Aida and Liuba Sokulova's commanding and chocolate-toned(in voice) Amneris. Joseph Wolverton is a little stolid but sings with a heroic and unstrained ring, while Stanislav Schvets is a noble Ramfis and Ashley Holland terrifyingly ruthless as Amonasro. All in all, largely successful. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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