In the Georgian State Opera Franco Zeffirelli’s version of Aida has a tremendous success


On March 4, 5 and 7, in the 165th anniversary season, the three performances of the special version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida were sold out at the Georgian State Opera House. For the first time the audience saw the production of an opera and theatre classic - legendary Franco Zeffirelli.
 
​The production was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia.  The Georgian audience first saw Aida in Tbilisi in 1877, exactly 140 years ago.
 
On march 4, the Georgian premiere of Franco Zeffirelli’s production was conducted by one of the greatest modern conductors, internationally acclaimed Verdi interpreter, maestro Daniel Oren. Leading parts were sung by the invited Georgian soloists: Iano Alibegashvili, Anita Rachvelishvili, Gia Oniani, Giorgi Gagnidze, Ramaz Chikviladze, Giorgi Andguladze. The Ballet Company, Chorus and Orchestra of the Georgian State Opera House took part in the performance. The performance in Tbilisi was staged by Franco Zeffirelli’s Assistant – Stefano Trespidi. He was also Lighting Designer.

 
On March 5, the audience saw a mixed cast. The main parts were performed by: Khatuna Chokhonelidze, Nikoloz Lagvilava, Ramaz Chikviladze, Gia Asatiani, Tinatin Mamulashvili, Tamaz Saginadze. Two invited soloists joined the team of the opera theatre soloists – the part of Amneris was performed by Georgian mezzo-soprano Khatuna Mikaberidze, soloist of Staatsoper Hannover, and the part of Radames was performed by Korean tenor James Lee. The performance was conducted by maestro Zaza Azmaiparashvili. The Ballet Company, Chorus and Orchestra of the Georgian State Opera House took part in the performance.

March 7 – Specially invited leading soloists from the world’s major opera houses sang the leading parts:  Aida - Cellia Costea, Romanian soprano; Amneris - Sanja Anastasia, Serbian Mezzo-soprano; Radames - Rudy Park, Korean tenor; Ramfis - Giacomo Prestia, Italian operatic bass; Amonasro - Giulio Boschetti, Italian baritone; King of Egypt - Mattia Denti, Italian bass, Voice of the Priestess - Gonca Dogan, Turkish soprano; A Messenger - Filippo Micale, Italian tenor.  The performance was conducted by the Musical Director of the production - Marco Boemi.