The Singapore Lyric Opera proudly presented Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida for the first time at Esplanade Theatre which opened on June 1. The highly anticipated production – directed by Andrew Sinclair – had a stellar cast of international and local singers, a 100-strong chorus and over 70 orchestra members. First performed at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House on 24 December 1871, Verdi’s Aida remains as one of the most-performed and well-loved operas in the world! Patrons, partners and ambassadors were invited to a reception before the opera began.

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