dateOctober 18, 2013
categoryOpera Carolina News
This Weekend in Charlotte (Oct. 18-20)
Warring nations. Star-crossed lovers. Dire choices.
That may be an atypical way to start our regular weekend preview, but it's a fitting introduction when you consider the featured item. Aida, the production from Opera Carolina, comes to the Belk Theater Saturday. Area opera fans will surely be interested in the upcoming series of performances, but its star maintains its accessibility beyond diehards.
"This is an opera for anyone who hasn't been before," says Othalie Graham, who portrays the titular character. "It's a basic story that anyone can relate to."
Graham says that while the themes of "patriotism" and "love between a man and a woman" are aspects of Aida, the four-act tale penned by Giuseppe Verdi 142 years ago, "There's also this lovely paternal story between Aida and her father," she says.
In the story, an Ethiopian princess falls for her Egyptian captor, a military commander under the Pharaoh. Graham, joined by performers like Antonello Palombi, Irina Mishura, and Sun Yu, says that performing with veterans of the medium makes for a special experience.
"It's a completely different ballgame when you sing with people who have done it for years," she says, adding that those behind the scenes in Charlotte "have a wonderful ability to keep the company going at the highest level."
Tickets run $15-$144. Saturday's performance begins at 8 p.m. Check out the schedule for other performances here.
By Andy Smith Charlotte Magazine
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