Aida at the Vancouver Opera Through May 3

Mlada Khudoley as Aida, in the Vancouver Opera's Aida. Photo: Vancouver Opera

The Vancouver Opera (VO) closes its 2011/2012 season with its current production of Verdi’s Aida, the “grandest of grand operas,” running now through May 3, 2012.

The VO has demonstrated its diversity this season, with acclaimed productions of West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet, and The Barber of Seville. To end its season with a bang, the VO chose one of opera’s biggest blockbusters in Aida, an opera classic that showcases their incredible musical artistry. The VO’s Aida has already been hailed as “one of the most musically impressive Vancouver productions of Verdi in recent memory” by The Vancouver Sun and for its “lavish voices” by The Georgia Straight.

Set in ancient Egypt against a backdrop of war and powerful priests (the opera’s massive “triumphal” parade scene is particularly famous), Aida is, at its heart, a love story. Egyptian commander Radames is in love with Aida, a slave of the Egyptian king’s daughter, Amneris. But Amneris wants Radames for herself and she will go to any length to keep him and Aida apart.

Using sets on loan from the Edmonton Opera and staged at the historic Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Aida is a must-see for opera lovers, culture lovers, and anyone who loves incredible music. Catch it while you can: The VO’s last opera for 2011/2012 ends May 3.

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