What the critics said: Aida on Sydney Harbour
Aida on Sydney Harbour on opening night. Photo by Jamie Williams.
“The most spectacular harbourside production so far”
The Australian (paywall)
Photo by Hamilton Lund
“A bold, sumptous vision … Aida is a work that begs for a large canvas and Edwards has filled it with here with gestures of swirling brilliance and boldness.”
Sydney Morning Herald
Milijana NIkolic as Amneris and Latonia Moore as Aida in Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Aida. Photo by Prudence Upton.
“Edwards moves the singers and ensemble around the stage in such a way that emphasises their shifting relationships, and brings clarity to the central conflict — between protecting love and protecting a culture and a community in a world at war. She uses movement and Mark Thompson’s extraordinary designs to create a visual language for the storytelling…”
Photo: Hamilton Lund
“The American soprano Latonia Moore is a superb Aida, her sumptuous voice rising to nearly every challenge and riding over orchestra and chorus clearly without assistance from the sound engineers. A proper Verdi soprano, she has the fearless attack of a Callas…”
“[Director] Gale Edwards’ political and creative acumen in dreaming up a Triumphal March to end all triumphal marches should become legend.”