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Circle in the Sand: After Aida
1 August @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
One event on 1 August 2021 at 6:00 pm
Five actors, four opera singers, and one iconic opera in the making. Julian Mitchell’s witty, insightful comedy about the creation of Verdi’s “Otello” is presented as a staged reading / concert performance for two nights only – Friday July 30 (8:00PM) and Sunday August 1 (6:00PM).
It is 1879. Giuseppe Verdi, Italy’s greatest and most beloved composer, has not written an opera for nearly a decade. What is to be done? Verdi’s closest associates, publisher Giulio Ricordi and conductor Franco Faccio, are determined to get the Maestro working again. With the aid of Verdi’s wife Giuseppina, they conspire to team him with the brilliant operatic wordsmith Arrigo Boito, and the greatest tragic opera ever written – “Otello” – is conceived. But trouble is looming. Boito hasn’t always had nice things to say about Verdi. And at 66 years of age, the man himself isn’t sure he can cut it anymore. Who said art was easy?
Starring Tref Gare as Verdi, Adam T. Perkins as Arrigo Boito, Francesca Waters as Giuseppina Strepponi, Silvan Rus as Franco Faccio, and Seton Pollock as Giulio Ricordi, with Rachel Wolseley-Sakker (soprano), Sarah Sweeting (mezzo soprano), Michael Lapina (tenor), and Eddie Muliaumaseali’i (bass-baritone).
Directed by David Meadows
Musical Direction by Adrian Tamburini