The sands of Coolangatta Beach will transform into the Egyptian shoreline when Opera Australia presents Griffith Opera on the Beach.
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 lifesavers getting in on the action.
Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini 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,” Lyndon says.
Performed in Italian and directed by Hugh Halliday, some of Australia’s finest singers including Natalie Aroyan, Anna-Louise Cole, Michael Honeyman, Milijana Nikolic and Sian Pendry will perform alongside the Opera Australia Community Choir, who will form the chorus for 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. A royal love triangle, a fight for freedom and the famous ‘Triumphal March’ will light up the sky when Aida comes to the beach.
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is thrilled to welcome Opera Australia back to its beautiful beachside setting.
“The Gold Coast continues to surprise as we broaden our cultural identity. Productions like this, set on the beach and in such an idyllic part of our city, reinforce our have-a-go spirit,” Tom says.
“That’s what makes the Gold Coast such a draw card. We dare to dream big, we are unapologetic and we look for ways to push our artistic and cultural boundaries. I can’t wait for the production.”
Griffith Opera on the Beach – Aida plays six performances from September 21 – 30 at 6.30pm on Coolangatta Beach.
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