On the banks of the Nile sits the Ethiopian princess Aida. Enslaved by the Pharaoh, she longs in song for home and for her captors military commander, with whom she has fallen in love. Thus begins Verdis Aida. The popular opera has lent its Grand March to Europes football chants as well as Chumbawambas song Top of the World (Ole, Ole, Ole).
This season the Florida Grand Opera debuts with a new version of Aida, which will christen the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts. No, its not the Disney-fied adaptation; this one is in Italian. The most exciting part of the performance is hearing Angela Brown, the soprano cast as Aida. Aida is a role that I am very comfortable singing. I love the pomp and circumstance of the whole opera, says Brown. Tickets range from $10 to $200. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. The production opens October 28 and runs through November 30. Call 800-741-1010, or visit www.fgo.org for a complete schedule.
Sat., Oct. 28, 7 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 1, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 4, 8 p.m.; Tue., Nov. 7, 8 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 12, 2 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 16, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 19, 2 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 22, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 25, 8 p.m.; Tue., Nov. 28, 8 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 30, 8 p.m.