On October 3, 2020, as on the same day 135 years ago, Verdi’s Aida enchanted the Rijeka audience! It was held in semi-stage, concert performance conducted by maestro Valentin Egel, with top soloists in the lead roles — Maida Hundeling, Domagoj Dorotić, Dubravka Šeparović Mušović and Giorgio Surian — alongside the Rijeka Symphony Orchestra and the Rijeka Opera Choir.
“I like it precisely because it isn’t directed. Verdi and the brilliant soloists came to the fore.”
“I am delighted. I am in love with Aida, with Maida’s voice, with her barefoot gait.”
“I’m very satisfied. An excellent performance; the singers were brilliant!”
“It’s beautiful. Excellent soloists. There is a completely different impression at the concert performance; nothing distracted us from the music coming from all corners of our beautiful Theatre.”
Revenues from ticket sales are designated for students of the newly-launched Giorgio Surian Opera Studio.
Earlier, at noon that day, instead of Ponchielli’s Gioconda, a stately performance of Zajc’s Nikola Šubić Zrinjski was held on the stage of the Rijeka Theatre, its main roles filled by prominent names of the Rijeka Opera: Robert Kolar, Kristina Kolar, Anamarija Knego, Aljaž Farasin and Luka Ortar.
Further performances of Zrinjski are scheduled for October 8 and 10.