A night at the opera 2: Aida

It is Opera on the Harbour season again, and this year the performance is Aida. The site is the northern end of the Botanic Gardens, on the way to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

The lighting along the approach gives a real sense of occasion.

The lighting along the approach gives a real sense of occasion.

What's opera without bubbly?

What’s opera without bubbly?

The stage, with the mysterious Sphinx-like figure.

The stage, with the mysterious Sphinx-like figure.

If you’ve been dragged to Opera on the Harbour against your will, you can always admire the view instead.

Opera on the Harbour Aida

For a sheer massed-crowd spectacle with bright colour and big voices, this is hard to beat!

Opera on the Harbour Aida

For a sheer massed-crowd spectacle with bright colour and big voices, this is hard to beat!

Opera on the Harbour Aida

The costumes were, well, interesting. We’ve got some WWII happening on the right, some Fester Addams in gold lamé with bling Stormtrooper helmet in the middle, and a touch of The King and I at the top.

Opera on the Harbour Aida

And WHAT is this? Busby Berkeley meets the Village People?

Opera on the Harbour Aida

If you’ve seen my post from the opera last year (Madame Butterfly), you knew there would be fireworks for Aida too.

You can view my photos from 2014’s Opera on the Harbour (Madame Butterly) here.

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9 thoughts on “A night at the opera 2: Aida

  1. I am not an opera fan (though the OH would love this) but I do like the lighting in the trees and the fireworks 🙂 It looks like quite a show 🙄

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    • Thanks! I was lucky (again) with the weather for this outdoor opera. It’s such a stunning setting. I had a heavy cold that night though and left at the break (after Act 2), so had to Google the ending! 😉

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  2. SUPER post, Kaz !!! Except you didn’t say that the music – well, a lot of it – is very ‘accessible’, eh ? As for the rest (especially the duets), unless the singers are absolutely top-class, it would most definitely cause parts of the audience to gaze at the environment …
    You can always ask me, in future, about Italian opera endings (and a few French).
    😀

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