Aida, 2003

Press Review (Bath Chronicle)


"It was a full house for the first night of Bath Opera's latest production.

"Verdi's Aida is one of the world's most frequently produced operas and presents its own unique challenges for any company which stages it.

"But this amateur production hit all the right notes.

"The cast all gave rewarding performances and Edward Harper as Ramfis, High Priest of Egypt, Gillian Clarke as the High Priestess and Amonasro, King of Ethiopia all deserve praise. But the performance of Judith Davis as Aida stood out among the rest for the control of her performance.

"However, the true strength of the production was the chorus scenes, they were truly memorable.

"The chorus of priests was in fine voice when urging Radames to go to war and also in the final act when condemning him as a traitor.

"It was the second scene in Act 1 that proved the most memorable. The sacred ceremony to consecrate Radames' sword was beautifully staged, The simple set with the priestesses holding glowing nightlights created a wonderful atmosphere and added enormous depth to the scene.

"The costumes were simple but very effective.

"I have to mention Radames' boots, a wonderful pair of stacked heels - I couldn't take my eyes off them.

"The snuffles and coughs during the dramatic climax of the show testified to the success of the production. Despite knowing the outcome of the final act, people were still moved by the performances."

Bath Chronicle, 28 February 2003

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