Aida

Aida

About the Story…

The grandest of grand operas, Aida takes place in Egypt during a time of war. An enslaved Ethiopian princess, Aida, and leader of the Egyptian army, Radamès, keep their forbidden love a secret, hoping that after the war they can be united. Amneris, the daughter of the Pharaoh, loves Radamès and is determined to marry him. But when she becomes jealous of his feelings for Aida, she schemes a deceptive plan. Aida must decide if her loyalties lie with her country or her love for Radamès.


Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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Adrienne Danrich sings the moving aria, “O patria mia,” in which Aida is longing for her homeland and afraid that she’ll never see it again.

About the Artists…

The voice of Midwest Emmy-winning Soprano, Adrienne Danrich, has been described as “fresh liquid-silver” by Opera News and the La Cronaca del Wanderer describes her as “…soprano lirico spinto autentico.” This season she returns to Tulsa Opera to perform the title role in Aïda. Some of her most recent roles include Serena in Porgy and Bess (Cincinnati Opera and Dayton Opera), Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking (Fort Worth Opera), and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (Lyric Opera of San Antonio). Ms. Danrich also performed with Kenya Opera in various venues throughout Africa in Nairobi and Mombasa. On the concert stage, she has performed selections from the Rigoletto quartet and Porgy and Bess Suite (Philadelphia Orchestra), the Brahms Requiem (Cape Cod Symphony), and Dido in Dido and Aeneas (Orchestra of St. Luke’s Outreach). She is a native of St. Louis, MO and is an alumna of Eastman School of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Dana Beth MillerMezzo-soprano, Dana Beth Miller, is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most promising and exciting dramatic mezzo-sopranos on the stage today being praised by both the New York Times for “wielding a rich, substantial voice, along with a winning stage presence,” and the Boston Globe for having a “voice full of alluringly dark colorings.” This season she will return to Tulsa Opera as Amneris in Aïda. Some of her previous roles include Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana (Edmonton Opera), Dame Quickly in Falstaff (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Maddalena in Rigoletto (Florida Grand Opera), Amneris in Aïda (Arizona Opera), Azucena in Il Trovatore (Opera New Jersey), and the Mother and Witch in Hansel and Gretel (Cleveland Opera and Tulsa Opera). She received her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas College of Music, her Master of Music studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and her post-graduate work at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

Peter LindskoogBaritone, Peter Lindskoog, will return to Tulsa Opera in Aïda. His previous roles include Germont in La Traviata (Tulsa Opera and Opera Southwest), as the Father in Hansel and Gretel (Utah Opera),  Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking (Tulsa Opera), Musikmeister in Ariadne Auf Naxos (Tulsa Opera), Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus (Opera Grand Rapids), Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Tulsa Opera, and Shreveport Opera), the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen (Tulsa Opera and San Francisco Opera), Figaro in Le Nozze de Figaro (Knoxville Opera), and Marcello in La Boheme (Tulsa Opera, Opera Memphis and Shreveport Opera). Repeatedly receiving commendations for his superb singing, stage presence, and expressive musicianship, Opera News described his voice as a “handsome, fine-grained baritone.”

 

Brian LandryTenor, Brian Landry, has a voice that reminds people of the great tenors of yesterday, even as he is poised to become a great tenor of his own generation. Brian will sing his first leading role with Tulsa Opera as Radames in the 2013 production of Aïda. He recently made other important debuts: Cavaradossi in Tosca with Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Macduff in Macbeth with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Canio in Providence Opera’s I Pagliacci, and the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. Brian sang as a Young Artist at the 2010 Caramoor International Music Festival in Katonah, NY. Under the baton of Will Crutchfield, he performed as Flavio in Norma, and covered the role of Pollione in the same opera. He also sang in several concerts during the festival. In the 2009- 2010 season, Brian sang as a studio artist for Tulsa Opera, where he sang Normanno in Lucia Di Lammermoor, Borsa in Rigoletto, and Rodriguez in Massenet’s Don Quichotte. In 2009, Brian sang a second Otello with Lowell House Opera in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to that was his professional debut as Otello in St. Louis with Union Avenue Opera, and his first Calaf with Lowell House Opera in their 2008 production of Turandot. In March 2007, Brian returned from the prestigious Accademia Verdiana in Busseto, Italy, where he was coaching with the great Maestro Carlo Bergonzi. Brian made his international debut as a featured performer at a concert in the Teatro Verdi in Busseto, which was televised on Italian National Television on the program Loggione.