The sands of Coolangatta Beach will transform into the Egyptian shoreline when Opera Australia presents Griffith Opera on the Beach – Aida in September.
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.
Presented in partnership with City of Gold Coast and Tourism and Events Queensland and in association with Bleach* Festival, this will be an unmissable cultural event on a grand scale.
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, 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. 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.
Opera on the Beach is a highlight on Queensland’s cultural events calendar, bringing together extraordinary artistry and our beautiful beaches to produce a unique event.
Griffith Opera on the Beach – Aida plays six performances from 21 – 30 September 2017 at 6.30pm, Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland.
Bookings Adult tickets from $35 (fees may apply) Opera Australia Box Office (02) 9318 8200