Originally Posted By: Rita

I wonder if anyone has ever done one of those bare-stage productions of Aida. I don't see how it could be possible.

Opera Roanoke did a "concert" version a few years back, because you just can't stange Aida in a small auditorium...and about 10 years ago in Salzberg (yes, Mozart's Salzberg) I saw the weirdest production ever...semi modern dress with the triumphal march made up of guys in khaki uniforms peddling toy tanks around the stage. There were a lot of other little "modern" touches...Radames made his first act entrance dribbling a basketball...the local European audience applauded the singers and the booed the director...
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