Aida by Giuseppe Verdi The Roman Amphitheater of El Jem

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi

The Orchestra and Choir of the Opera of Tunis, the Orchestra Sinfonica E coro Luglio Musicale Trapanese, the Tunisian Symphonic Orchestra

The Roman Amphitheater of El Jem regained all its majesty on Saturday, June 30, 2018 on the occasion of the presentation of the famous Opera “Aida” by the great Giuseppi Verdi in a pre-opening show of the International Festival of Symphonic Music of El Jem. The majestic monument, built a thousand-year ago, with its monumental columns and impressive arena, witness of a great history, has been marvelously illuminated by thousands candles that gave it a special dimension, reviving in it the fabulous time when the divas occupied its mythical scene.

But tonight it was up to the Italian and Tunisian artists to occupy the arena of the Amphitheater, still haunted by the memories of ancient times, to interpret one of the most beautiful creations of the Italian Opera, "Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi who went through all times to tell us the story of a great and unique passion.

This event came under the supervision of the Head of Government Mr. Youssef Chahed and was performed in presence of Mr. Mohamed Ennacer President of the ARP, Mr. Mohamed Zinelabidine Minister of Cultural Affairs and His Excellency Lorenzo Fanara Ambassador of Italy in Tunis. “Aida” reaffirms that art is a universal language that brings people together and promotes dialogue between the nations despite all the circumstances.

And there is no better than "Aida", of the great Verdi, to seal the bonds of friendship between the Tunisia and Italy, two countries sharing a millennial heritage, a cradle of civilizations and a promising future. This Opera celebrates love in its most complete form and represents one of the great wonders of universal heritage.

At 21h00 the audience already occupied the Roman Theater. At 21h30 the great orchestra was in place, ready to perform the great Opera. A great silence invaded the scene before the notes of the Tunisian and the Italian national anthems, performed by the Orchestra, filled the entire atmosphere under the starry sky of El Jem. Under the direction of Maestro Andrea Certa and with a staging by Raffaele di Florio, the opera started with a powerful king enraged when knowing that his throne was in danger. It was in old costumes and in with a removable decor of an extreme beauty, a king and his faithful servants that the choir got unleashed in a fascinating demonstration of virtuosity. The sound came from everywhere with delicacy and strength to amaze the audience surprised to see the trumpeters emerging from the stands.

The story of Aida was unfolded smoothly but with an art of extreme subtlety and refinement. It is the Opera in all its exuberance where the costumes, the dances, the vocalise merge together to offer a harmony of colors and sounds.

The great Italian vocalists, Aida: Maity Alberola (Soprano), Amneris: Daniela Diakova (Mezzo-Soprano), Radames: Dario Prola (Tenor), Amonasro: Giuseppe Garra (Baritone), Ramphis : Andrea Comelli (Bass), King of Egypt: Enrico Rinaldo (Bass), the High Priestess: Luciana Pansa (Soprano), and the Messenger: Giuseppe Infantino (tenor) took turns on the stage to tell the story of a great passion. More than 150 performers, instrumentalists, world-renowned solo singers, choristers, dancers and extras transported the audience from El Jem to Memphis and Thebes at the Pharaohs time recounting the love story of “Aida”, an enslaved Ethiopian princess and Radames, an Egyptian officer in wartime between their two nations.

This great Opera, in 4 acts, required considerable human resources. The decors, scenography and costumes were made in Tunisia with the help of the best national skills. A show of great artistic quality that will remain forever engraved in the annals of the Festival of El Jem, as a great work in which the Tunisian musicians of the Choir and the Orchestra of the Opera of Tunis and the Tunisian Symphonic Orchestra have taken part.

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