OPERA DEPICTS WORLD’S OLDEST LOVE TRIANGLE AMONG THE PYRAMIDS IN ANCIENT EGYPT
In a story of love during wartime, Aïda tells the story of an enslaved Ethiopian princess who serves the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris. When she falls in love with Radames, leader of the Egyptian forces, Aïda must choose between her devotion to him and her duty to her people. Radames also struggles to choose between his love for Aïda and his loyalty to the Pharaoh. To further complicate the story, Radames is loved by the Pharaoh’s daughter but does not return her feelings.
“It is a bitter love triangle that plays itself out against a backdrop of war and cultural oppression in this compelling tale of conflicting loyalties and forbidden passion,” said Kostis Protopapas, Artistic Director for Tulsa Opera. “It is precisely the type of dramatic, complex theatre for which Verdi is so famous.
Last seen in Tulsa in 1996, this timeless classic opera is considered the grandest opera of all time 130 years after it was first produced in Cairo. Combining voice, symphony, color, costume, drama, dance and spectacular sets, Aïda provides audiences with 360-degree experience. Members of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus and Tulsa Ballet II join forces with Tulsa Opera for this spectacular production. The production also coincides with the 200th birthday of Verdi, considered to be the one of the greatest opera composers of all time.
The production of Aïda in Tulsa is also historically significant. Thirty-five years ago, Aïda was staged by Tulsa Opera at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center after it opened in 1977. Additionally, Aïda was produced eighty years ago at Skelly Stadium, making it the first outdoor opera performed in Oklahoma. Pre-dating the formation of Tulsa Opera, the 1933 production was staged by city officials to uplift the Tulsa community during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. It brought together the entire Tulsa community as musicians, performers, crew members, the University of Tulsa, the City of Tulsa and underwriters collaborated, filling Skelly Stadium with estimated crowds of 6,000 on each night it was performed despite a storm which nearly dashed the efforts.
Tulsa Opera’s production of Aïda features Emmy-winning Soprano Adrienne Danrich, who returns to Tulsa to perform the title role. Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Dana Beth Miller returns to Tulsa Opera as Amneris. Former Tulsa Opera Studio Artist Brian Landry, often compared to the tenor greats of yesterday, will perform his debut role as Radames. Baritone Peter Lindskoog returns to Tulsa Opera in the role of Amonasro.
Tickets for Aïda are available starting at just $25. To purchase tickets or for more information about Tulsa Opera, visit tulsaopera.com or call 918-587-4811.
About Tulsa Opera
Founded in 1948, Tulsa Opera is the 18th oldest opera company in the nation and enhances the cultural landscape of Oklahoma by providing high quality, locally produced opera. Tulsa Opera places special emphasis on contributing to the future of the operatic art form by educating the community about opera and its role in our culture. Tulsa Opera is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization presenting productions made possible, in part, by generous funding from our patrons, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Tulsa Opera, visit tulsaopera.com.