This production of Don Carlos is the 1884 four-act version and is an extremely impressive revival of the magnificent 1999 Elijah Moshinsky staging. It is the biggest production by Opera Australia since the recent Ring Cycle in Melbourne and at one point features over two hundred people on stage.
The 2015 Handa Opera season, with an exciting, expressive and modern interpretation of Verdi’s AIDA further enriches the environment of al fresco entertainment in Sydney. The tale of war, religion, desire and revenge evolves on a grand scale with an esoteric mix of old-world objects, fashion and icons with contemporary elements.
The awe-inspiring set’s crowning glory is its eighteen-metre high weathered statue of Nefertiti. At the apex of the raked stage its sombre one-eyed gaze follows all assembled. Set and Costume designer Mark Thompson includes modern items such as forty–four gallon drums, glossy contemporary coffins, and metal staircases flanking each side of the stage. Continue reading Verdi’s Aida @ The Fleet Steps Stage→
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