Opera Naples To Perform Verdi Classic, Aida
By: Opera Naples
Opera Naples presents Verdi's Egyptian epic, with stunning costumes and sets in this fully staged production. An explosive tale of forbidden love, power and loyalty amidst the sorrows of war, Aida is known for its grand pageantry and the famous Triumphal March. Aida will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Opera Naples' production will feature internationally renowned conductor Ramón Tebar, Stage Director Chuck Hudson, a cast of international artists, a 100-member chorus composed of Opera Naples Chorus and the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida, and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.
"I'm so excited to present, for the first time in Opera Naples' history, one of the most popular operas of all time," says Opera Naples' Artistic Director Ramón Tebar. "Aida has all the elements of true grand opera; dramatic arias, full chorus, dance and an exotic story."
The role of Aida will be played by soprano Svetlana Aksenova, internationally acclaimed for her performances as Lisa in The Queen of Spades at the Dutch National Opera, the title role in Rusalka at the Paris Opera, Madama Butterfly's Cio-Cio-San at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Norwegian National Opera and Royal Swedish Opera, and many more.
In the role of Amonasro (Aida's father, the King of Ethiopia), will be baritone Gordon Hawkins who has shared the operatic and concert stage with such distinguished artists as Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Hawkins recently appeared as Amonasro with Houston Grand Opera and Washington National Opera.
Tickets are currently on sale and available from $25.00 to $115.00. For tickets and more information, please call (239) 963-9050 or visit operanaples.org.
About Opera Naples:
Located in the heart of Naples in Southwest Florida's Collier County, Opera Naples is dedicated to presenting opera productions and concerts of the highest quality. An artistic powerhouse in an area known for its pristine beaches world-class dining, shopping, and art galleries, Opera Naples is a cultural gem in Southwest Florida.
Opera Naples presents internationally renowned performers and directors, while nurturing the region's promising young talent. Each season, Opera Naples produces classic grand operas at Artis-Naples, as well as chamber opera and concerts at the David and Cecile Wang Opera Center. A staunch proponent of community service and education outreach, the company has introduced opera to more than 60,000 local area children since its inception and offers various programs, including Lee and Collier county in-school programs and performances, the Resident Artists Program and Summer Youth Program. Opera Naples Academy, now in its third season, with a faculty of revered opera luminaries, offers an immersive program of vocal instruction, lectures and masterclasses to exceptional singers from all over the world.
Opera Naples is led by internationally renowned Spanish conductor, Artistic Director Ramón Tebar, known for his musical versatility, compelling interpretations and orchestra building skills.
Over the past decade, the company has earned local, regional and state government support. Opera Naples is grateful to its sponsors, patrons and many supporters who have helped it become an important part of the cultural fabric of the region. Opera Naples is located at the Wang Opera Center, 2408 Linwood Ave, Naples, Florida, 34112 USA. For more information, visit OperaNaples.org, call (239) 963-9050 or email info@OperaNaples.org.
Samantha Scott, APR