By Afton Wooten
The Royal Opera House will present Robert Carsen’s new production of Verdi’s “Aida” live in cinemas on Oct. 12.
The live broadcast from Covent Garden will reach over 1,000 cinemas in 34 countries around the world. Carsen’s large-scale production of Verdi’s political drama is set within a modern totalitarian government and explores public duty versus private passions. He is joined by set designer Miriam Buether, costume designer Annemarie Woods, and video designer Duncan McLean.
Antonio Pappano conducts soprano Elena Stikhina as Aida. Stikhina was seen earlier this year in cinemas in the live broadcast of “Tosca.” They are joined by Italian tenor Francesco Meli as Radames, Polish mezzo-soprano Agnieszka Rehlis as Amneris, French baritone Ludovic Tézier as Amonasro, American bass Soloman Howard as Ramfis, and Korean bass In Sung Sim as the King of Egypt.
The production will be sung in Italian with English supertitles provided. Encore screenings will run until Oct. 16. The official trailer can be viewed here.