Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns with Aida, in a lavish production that captures the grandeur and majesty of Ancient Egypt as never before.
With Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as a backdrop and brilliant fireworks lighting up the night sky, Verdi’s thrilling music rings out in blazing glory, from the soaring passion of the aria ‘Celeste Aida’ to the splendour of the ‘Triumphal March’.
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. Latonia Moore is absolutely ravishing in the title role, an Ethiopian slave girl secretly in love with the commander of the Egyptian armies. As Egypt prepares to march on Ethiopia, Aida faces a terrible choice: to save her country, she must betray the man she loves.
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 Opera Australia has 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.