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Aïda 1999Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera’s second staging of Aïda offered a radical rethinking by Antony McDonald.

Such a dramatic presentation, with the triumph scene featuring a picnic complete with plastic containers of sandwiches, was bound to provoke strong reaction. The war trophies consisted of sections of car. The Nile appeared as a garish neon strip meandering across the stage in Act 3.

Distracting too were the limitations of the performers in the two lead roles. Neither singer seemed able to sing softly, and rather than adjust to a smaller auditorium, blasted out their notes in a style that would have deafened audiences at the Verona Arena or Baths of Caracalla. By contrast, Amneris received an excellent performance from Rosalind Plowright, in her company debut, launching a successful new phase of her career by singing a mezzo role after several successful years as a soprano. Sadly, she didn't return to the company, becoming a regular at Covent Garden and other major houses. Vladimir Redkin, of the Bolshoi, was by now a familiar and welcome visitor, and an excellent Verdi stylist. But this was also his final visit here.

Fortunately, the orchestra and chorus produced some lovely sounds under the direction of Emmanuel Joël, returning to the company for something completely different from his previous Offenbach.

Performance Cast

Ramfis High Priest

Mikhail Ryssov

Radamès Captain of the Guard

Vladimir Kuzmenko

Amneris daughter of the King of Egypt

Rosalind Plowright

Aïda an Ethiopian slave

Lada Biriucov

King of Egypt

Stafford Dean

Messenger

Peter Van Hulle

Priestess

Rachel Hynes

Amonasro King of Ethiopia and father of Aïda

Vladimir Redkin

Performance DatesAïda 1999

Map List

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

5 May, 19.15 8 May, 19.15 16 Jun, 19.15 18 Jun, 19.15

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

11 May, 19.15 13 May, 19.15 29 May, 14.15 3 Jun, 19.15 8 Jun, 19.15 12 Jun, 19.15

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