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Opera Australia’s new production of Aida set to sizzle on Gold Coast beach

Verdi | Directed by Hugh Halliday | Conducted by Tahu Matheson

21 – 30 September, 2017 | Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast

Starring | Natalie Aroyan | Anna-Louise Cole | Arnold Rawls | Milijana Nikolic | Sian Pendry

The sands of Coolangatta Beach will transform into the Egyptian shoreline when Opera Australia presents Griffith Opera on the Beach – Aida in September.

Renowned the world over as the most spectacular outdoor opera, Aida will be unleashed under the starry night sky, with waves lapping nearby. It’s the perfect setting to experience fireworks of the vocal and the pyrotechnic kind, colourful costumes and even local surf life savers getting in on the action.

Presented in partnership with City of Gold Coast and Tourism and Events Queensland and in association with Bleach* Festival, this will be an unmissable cultural event on a grand scale. Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said he is delighted to return to the Gold Coast after the success of The Magic Flute performed on the beach in 2014.

“To experience Verdi’s masterpiece Aida on the beach will be an unforgettable opera experience. It’s an honour to return to Queensland and we’re grateful for the support of Griffith University making this possible,” Mr Terracini said.

Performed in Italian and directed by Hugh Halliday, some of Australia’s finest singers including Natalie Aroyan, Anna-Louise Cole, Michael Honeyman, Milijana Nikolic and Sian Pendry will perform alongside the Opera Australia Community Choir, who will form the chorus for Aida. Audience members can also enjoy the presence of Gold Coast surf life savers in an exciting, local twist on this new production.

In Aida, Verdi masterfully puts the intimate affairs of the heart against the grandeur of the universe: where kingdoms rise and fall and the sands of time grind onwards. A royal love triangle, a fight for freedom and the famous ‘Triumphal March’ will light up the sky when Aida comes to the beach.

Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the performance of Aida
on one of the Gold Coast’s famous beaches was a special drawcard for visitors.

“Coolangatta is a spectacular location for this special performance of one of the world’s most
famous operas,” Ms Jones said.

“Opera on the Beach is a highlight on Queensland’s cultural events calendar, bringing
together extraordinary artistry and our beautiful beaches to produce a unique event.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors from around Queensland, interstate and overseas to
see one of these special performances next year.”

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is thrilled to welcome Opera Australia back to its
beautiful beachside setting.

“The Gold Coast continues to surprise as we broaden our cultural identity. Productions like
this, set on the beach and in such an idyllic part of our city, reinforce our have-a-go spirit,”
said the Mayor.

“That’s what makes the Gold Coast such a draw card. We dare to dream big, we are
unapologetic and we look for ways to push our artistic and cultural boundaries. I can’t wait
for the production.”

Griffith Opera on the Beach – Aida plays six performances from 21 – 30 September
2017 at 6.30pm, Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland.


Conductor Tahu Matheson
Director Hugh Halliday
Set Designer David Fleischer
Costume Designer Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer David Walters
Sound Designer Adrian Riddell
Choreographer Elise May


Aida Natalie Aroyan | Anna-Louise Cole
Ramadès Arnold Rawls
Amneris Milijana Nikolic | Sian Pendry
Amonasro Michael Honeyman
Ramfis Gennadi Dubinsky
The King David Hibbard
High Priestess Leah Thomas

With the Opera Australia Community Choir and Dancers from Expressions Dance Company

Performance information

Evenings at 6.30pm
September 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 3

Running time

Two hours and forty minutes including one
thirty-minute interval.

Performed in Italian with English surtitles.
The site opens at 5pm with a range of food and drink available. Strictly no BYO alcohol.
For the comfort of patrons, only low beach chairs will be permitted.

Presented by Opera Australia in partnership with
City of Gold Coast and Tourism & Events
Queensland and in association with Bleach* Festival


Adult tickets from $35 (fees may apply)
Opera Australia Box Office
(02) 9318 8200
Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast

Media enquiries

Janet Glover, Public Relations Manager
02 9318 8246 | 0412 601 816

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