Aida – Verdi
‘Amanda Holden’s admirable translation’
‘…. lucid new translation’
The commission for the translation came from Mid Wales Opera for their autumn tour in 1997. Their production, directed by Stephen Medcalf and conducted by Keith Darlington, was intimate and affecting in the Teatr Hafen in Newtown. The chorus in the last act was underneath the audience seating, which created a startling effect.
Other productions include:
Raymond Gubbay/Royal Albert Hall, London 2001; Verdi centenary production
director: David Freeman, conductor: Peter Robinson
Romance – Celeste Aida
Dearest Aida, dreaming I see you
crowned with a halo of heavenly light;
sleeping or waking, you are my princess,
you are the star that pervades my sight.
Oh how I long to secretly take you
back to the home you are cruelly denied;
there in the sun, how happy I’d make you,
raise you a throne, me by your side.