Monday, November 16, 2009

‘Aida' returns to Ankara Opera House

The classic opera “Aida” is set to return to the Turkish capital after a 13-year absence during which time it was staged annually at Antalya's Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival.

A new production of Giuseppe Verdi's 1871 classic will open this Saturday at the Ankara Opera House, the Anatolia news agency reported.

A 250-strong cast and crew from the Ankara State Opera and Ballet (ADOB) are currently putting the final touches on the production, which will be directed by Italian stage director Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini.

Travaglini, who from 2000 to 2002 headed ADOB as general manager, will be joined by maestro Rengim Gökmen, the current head of ADOB, in the orchestra pit, conducting the Ankara State Opera Orchestra during the performance.

The costumes and sets were designed by veteran ADOB set designer Savaş Camgöz, who also designed the costumes and sets for previous productions of “Aida” 14 years ago. The set and costumes used in the Aspendos production are currently being tailored to fit the smaller Ankara Opera House stage, Camgöz told Anatolia on Monday.

This grand opera, famous throughout the world for its glorious second act, has four acts that will be made “even more magnificent with a new lighting design we're currently working on for this season's Ankara run,” Camgöz said. He stated that the modern and aesthetic lighting design will make the performance “more impressive.”

The next staging of “Aida” by the Ankara Opera is scheduled for Nov. 14.

20.10.2009 Arts & Culture TODAY'S ZAMAN

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