By Verdi. Opera Australia. Director/choreographer: Graeme Murphy. Musical Director: Renato Palumbo. State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne. April 22 – May 11, 2013.
Graeme Murphy’s Aida for Opera Australia was quite a spectacle. There were projections, Egyptian columns flying on and off, a lap pool across the front of the stage and a travellator. Some of these enhanced the production, some not.
Amneris fighting her way through the approaching columns for the Judgment Scene was effective. The travellator worked well in the Triumphal March, carrying cardboard Egyptian figures across stage, but was annoying and/or comical in other scenes.