Posted on October 15, 2012

With only days to go before the acclaimed opera, Aida, performance at Katara’s Amphitheatre, preparations are well under way. 40 full days were required to set up the equipment for the performances this week. Aida, is set to take place on Thursday 18th October and Sunday 21st October at 7:30pm.

Aida has been a recurrent favourite ever since it premiered at Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on 24th December 1871. Composed by one of the notorious Italian Romanic composers, the late Giuseppe Verdi, Aida is one of the most performed operas worldwide bringing together over 80 choruses, 12 ballet dancers, and 35 locally sourced actors, along with 8 of the world’s most famous Verdi singers.

The opera in four acts tells the tale of a forbidden love of Aida, a Nubian princess, captured and enslaved by the Egyptian army, faced with the decision of choosing between her own true love and her loyalty to the people. The production which has been designed especially for Qatar with performers handpicked by Katara’s Artistic Director, Dr Emad Sultan, will be directed by Dr. Renzo Giacchieri. Conducting the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will be Verdi specialist, Maestro Pier Giorgio Morandi.

President of Katara, Abdulrahman Al-Khulaifi said: “With two sell out shows we are expecting strong attendance and we believe that fans will be thrilled to be a part of this exhilarating experience at the first opera to be performed at the Amphitheatre. Viewers of this incredible piece of performing arts will be transported into the magical world of opera. We are delighted to receive the team here in Katara and assure they will be putting on a truly exquisite show."

“Katara is committed to enhancing the arts and culture scene in the Middle East by providing a platform for diverse cultures and showcasing world class events such as Aida,” Al-Khulaifi concluded.

Continuing the Opera season, Katara kick started the Metropolitan Opera High Definition Live Series this month with L’Elisir d’Amore on Oct 13, which will be followed by Otello on Oct 27, La Clemenza di Tito on Dec 1, Un Ballo in Maschera on Dec 8. The season will end with a screening of the Metropolitan Opera’s version of Aida on Dec 15.

Qatar is one of 60 countries to screen 12 productions from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.