Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Aida’ explored

Verdi’s opera topic of lecture, HD film

Express Staff Writer

    Explore the story of Verdi’s opera “Aida,” a drama about an enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle in ancient Egypt with the hero Radamés and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, first in lecture, then on screen this week.
    Musician and gallery owner Frederic Boloix will give a pre-opera lecture on the music of “Aida” on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at his art gallery in the Galleria Building.
    Sun Valley Opera is sponsoring the event, which will include wine and cheese before the lecture.
    Then take that knowledge to the Bigwood 4 Cinema in Hailey on Saturday, Dec. 15, to watch the production in high-definition on the big screen.
    “Aida” met with great acclaim when it opened in Cairo on Dec. 24, 1871, and continues to be a staple of the standard operatic repertoire. It appears as No. 13 on the “Operabase” list of the most performed operas worldwide. As of 2007, the Met alone had given more than 1,100 performances of the opera, making it the second most frequently performed work by the company, just behind “La Boheme.”
    The current film features the Met’s magnificent chorus and choreography. It begins at 11 a.m. and runs for four hours.
  “The combined fervor of Olga Borodina as Amneris and Fabio Luisi at the helm of a fired-up orchestra made for an electrically charged and energetic performance,” The New York Times stated.
  For the lecture, seating is limited, so call ahead for free reservations. Call 720-5584 and ask for Mary Jo Helmeke.
  Theater tickets can be purchased at the theater box office in Hailey in advance or on the day of the opera. General admission tickets are $22, seniors $20 and students $18. For more information, contact the cinema at 578-0971.

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