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Verdi's opera as grand as its voices Add to ...



Step into the opulence and grandeur of ancient Egypt as Vancouver Opera presents Aida, the famed Verdi opera that follows an enslaved Ethiopian princess and a military commander who is forced to choose between his love for Aida and his loyalty to the pharaoh.

Former National Ballet principal dancer Chan Hon Goh hand-picked 12 artists from as far away as Brazil and Japan for the powerful production, which also features lavish sets and costumes, and music by a 64-person orchestra and a 60-member choir.

Soprano Mlada Khudoley, whom the New York Times praised for her “lush, sizable and luminous voice,” plays Aida, while award-winning Louisiana mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas plays Amneris and Arnold Rawls makes his VO debut as Radames.

Not exactly an opera aficionado? Catch a free preview talk an hour before each show.

Aida runs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until May 3 (vancouveropera.ca ).

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