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Taormina, August 31 Giuseppe Verdi's Aida on stage at the Teatro Antico

After the boom of presences on the occasion of the premiere, the Aida by Giuseppe Verdi returns on stage on August 31, at 9 p.m., at the Teatro antico of Taormina. In anti-Covid version, without stage set up.

The event - organized as part of the Mythos Opera Festival, in collaboration with the Sicilian Region, the Archaeological Park of Naxos, the City of Catania and under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Rai World, the Ukrainian Consulate in Italy and the Pietro Mascagni Committee - will see on stage the soprano Marina Gubareva and the half soprano Elena Farnova, in the roles, respectively, of Aida and Amneris, the two rivals in love.

"It's a great emotion for me to play the role of Aida in an atmosphere as magical as the ancient theater of Taormina - Marina Gubareva explains - with a breathtaking view and a truly unique natural setting. And then Aida is one of my favorite roles. It's fascinating how much in that character such contrasting things can come together, on the one hand her sweetness, tenderness and love for Radames, on the other hand her strength, her sense of duty and her attachment to her homeland. Aida's character is very interesting from an interpretive point of view because you have to be able to convey all these things. If there is one thing that unites me with her, it is nostalgia for her country. I feel this feeling too, even though I feel very good in Italy, I always miss my home in Moldova a little bit. When Aida says: O my homeland, I will never see you again, I imagine her profound suffering.

The Egyptian leader Radames will be played by the tenor Roberto Cresca, already protagonist at his debut on August 11th. The opera, due to the well-known and inevitable restrictions dictated by the anti-Covid-19 regulations, will be staged in a concerted form. "After the success of the premiere, it will again be a great emotion to play Radames in this last performance at the theater of Taormina - Roberto Cresca comments - In this version, which is more intimate because of the restrictions for Covid-19, all the drama of Verdi's opera will be revealed and all the psychological and interpretative nuances of this score will come out. It will be really a novelty and a discovery also for the audience to listen to a new version, if we want, of a great masterpiece that has been regularly performed for decades now in the great summer theaters and in the most important seasons".

On the stage of the suggestive Greek Theatre will also be Alessio Quaresima Escobar, as Amonasro; Sinan Yan, as Ramfis; Dante Roberto Muro, as King; Federico Parisi, as messenger; and finally Dominika Zamara as priestess.

An exceptional pianist will accompany the soloists and the Katane choir, conducted by Carlo Palazzo, Maestro Marco Boemi, one of the most appreciated conductors on the international scene.