What a lavish and lush and powerful and well-sung and well-staged production! Aida is so full of color and great music – and all of it was perfect on Friday night!
The triumphal procession was breathtaking – the priests massed up the steps, filling the stage did literally take the audience’s breath away – you could that intake of air all over Music Hall. The love triangle that affects an empire, the powerful prayers to the old gods – that temple scene is incredible.
Of course, I still want to re-write it so Aida and Radames can just slip away down the Nile to Ethiopia. But otherwise, it was just perfect!