Stage Director Francesca Zambello discusses her production of ‘AIDA’
When the curtain opens on Francesca Zambello’s Aida, you’ll be treated to “an original and stunning production – without one elephant sighted,” writes Susan Galbraith for DC Theatre Scene. She’s not alone: skimming the reviews from this production’s 2012 New York premiere, a clear picture emerges: “Thought-provoking and brilliant”; “Gutsy”; ”Memorable”; “Courageous and incredibly moving.”
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Zambello’s work. One of opera’s most celebrated names – and a self-described “evangelist for opera” – she has blazed a trail creating groundbreaking productions for top opera houses around the world. In addition, she is the newly appointed Artistic Director of Washington National Opera and serves as the Artistic & General Director for the Glimmerglass Festival, where this production of Aida premiered in 2012.
Opera Santa Barbara Artistic Director Jose Maria Condemi says, “When I talked to Francesca about her culturally significant Aida, I was intrigued; when I saw the results – this gripping, visually stunning production – I knew I had to bring it to our community. It’s certain to be a truly noteworthy day for both music and theater in Santa Barbara.” Read on…