Opera on the Beach returns to Coolangatta
OPERA on the beach is set to transform Coolangatta into an Egyptian Wonderland with a special production hitting the shoreline in September.
Opera Australia is returning to the Gold Coast with its special production of Aida, promising fireworks of the vocal and the pyrotechnic kind, colourful costumes and even local surf life savers getting in on the action.
Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini says 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," he says.
"It's an honour to return to Queensland." With the support of Griffith University, the production will be performed under the starry sky, in Italian and directed by Hugh Halliday.
Some of Australia's finest singers including Natalie Aroyan, Michael Honeyman, Milijana Nikolic and David Parkin will also perform alongside the Opera Australia Community Choir, which will form the chorus for Aida.
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says he is thrilled to welcome Opera Australia back to its beautiful beachside setting. "Productions like this, set on the beach and in such an idyllic part of our city, reinforce our have-a-go spirit. "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."
In Aida, Verdi 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.
The event is presented in partnership with City of Gold Coast and Tourism and Events Queensland and in association with Bleach* Festival.
Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones says the performance of Aida on one of the Gold Coast's famous beaches was a special drawcard for visitors.
"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."
Aida plays six performances from 21 - 30 September 2017 at 6.30pm, Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland.