Venue Details

Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94301
650-463-1960
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 11 members
Review from Mr. Boozle
Red Velvet 57 events 11 reviews

Aida is the epitome of grand opera. It has pageantry, dance, huge choruses, and solo performances where both huge and nuanced vocals are required. The West Bay performance was an intimiate take on what usually is done is 4000+ seat auditoriums,...continued

reviewed Jun 03 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from bgmoxie
66 events 27 reviews

A great performance with equally great acoustics in a small, older theater with a lovely outdoor garden setting. Don't spend intermission in the ladies' room; take a short walk across the parking lot and go in the nearly empty Palo Alto Jr. Museum...continued

reviewed Jun 03 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Karen Moresco Busch
25 events 17 reviews

This was a "wow" performance and was glad to hear it was sold out except for a few seats at the last performance. I have no negatives for this performance.

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Event Website

http://www.wbopera.org

Description

Amneris, the Pharaoh’s daughter, is infatuated with Radamès, the general who leads the Egyptian army against Ethiopia. She is infuriated to find out that Radamès and Aida, her slave, are secretly in love. Radamès returns victorious from battle with the spoils of war and a cache of prisoners that includes Amonasro, the Ethipian King and Aida’s father, disguised as a warrior.  The Pharaoh welcomes Radamès in a splendid celebration and gives him the hand of Amneris in marriage, to Aida’s despair. That night, on the banks of the Nile, Amonasro prevails upon Aida, in a fearsome confrontation, to trick Radamès into revealing the secret route of the Egyptian army. This will give the advantage to the Ethiopian troops. She meets Radamès and implores him to flee with her, but he refuses. She then gets him to reveal the secret route. Amneris has overheard the conversation and, alerting the High Priest, accuses Radamès of treason. Radamès turns himself in, as Aida and Amonastro escape into the night. Amneris offers to intercede with the priests if Radamès will promise to forsake Aida forever. Radamès refuses and he is found guilty of treason by a priestly tribunal. He is sentenced to death and sealed alive in an underground tomb, where he discovers Aida hiding, eager to share his fate. The two sing a final love duet as a remorseful Amneris cries and prays over their tomb.

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