City of Gold Coast, Tourism and Events Queensland and Bleach* Festival have just made the exciting announcement that Verdi’s Aida will be coming to the Gold Coast next year – Coolangatta Beach to be exact, which Opera Australia’s production will transform into the Egyptian shoreline.
Renowned the world over as the most spectacular outdoor opera, Aida will be unleashed under the starry night sky, with waves lapping nearby it’s the perfect setting to experience fireworks of the vocal and the pyrotechnic kind, colourful costumes and even local surf life savers getting in on the action.
Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said he is delighted to return to the Gold Coast after the success of The Magic Flute performed on the beach in 2014.
“To experience Verdi’s masterpiece Aida on the beach will be an unforgettable opera experience. It’s an honour to return to Queensland and we’re grateful for the support of Griffith University making this possible,” Mr Terracini said.
Performed in Italian and directed by Hugh Halliday, some of Australia’s finest singers including Natalie Aroyan, Michael Honeyman, Milijana Nikolic and David Parkin will perform alongside the Opera Australia Community Choir, which will form the chorus for Aida. Audience members can also enjoy the presence of Gold Coast surf life savers in an exciting, local twist on this new production.
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. A royal love triangle, a fight for freedom and the famous ‘Triumphal March’ will light up the sky when Aida comes to the beach.
The production will run 21 – 30 September and tickets range from around $35 – 100.
For more information head to opera.org.au/beach